46 While He was still speaking to the people, behold, His mother and His brothers stood outside, asking to speak to Him. 48 But He replied to the man who told Him, “Who is My mother, and who are My brothers?” 49 And stretching out His hand toward His disciples, He said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! 50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.” (Matthew 12:46-50, ESV)
48 But He replied to the man who told Him, “Who is My mother, and who are My brothers?” 49 And stretching out His hand toward His disciples, He said, “Here are My mother and My brothers!
25 Now great crowds accompanied Him, and He turned and said to them, 26 “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple." (Luke 14:25-26, ESV)
"When our regard to our relationships comes in competition with the service of God, then the nearest relations must be comparatively hated, that is, we must love them less than Christ and our duty to God must have the preference." ~ Matthew Henry
”49And stretching out His hand toward His disciples, He said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! 50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.”
"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8, ESV)
Week 2 - Belonging to a Faith Family
We have conducted this activity before in LifeGroup, but I cannot think of a better time to review it than on the heels of moving into our new building. There were so many new people and faces at Church a few weeks ago on Easter Sunday. Take a moment and think about how God works! So many people with so many differences--what brings us all together?
Go around the room and ask the following questions to the group. Allow time for discussion.
1) Where are you from (your hometown)?
2) What do you do for a living?
3) What is your favorite activity?
1. Through asking these questions, what do we learn about one another?
2. Aside from the Gospel, would you even know the people in this group?
Today we’re going to look at three aspects of the Gospel that unify us as Christians and make our belonging to a faith family essential: brokenness, redemption, and hope.
Read Roman 3:9-18,23. What do these verses tell us about our condition as humans
How is this brokenness a unifying aspect of the Gospel?
Read Romans 5:18-19. How do these verses further point to our unity as broken people?
Read 2 Corinthians 5:14-15. Who is Paul describing when he says, “ALL” in v. 14 and 15?
How might this passage signify our unity in the Gospel?
Looking further at verses 16-20, how might God use His redeemed people in His purpose to glorify Jesus Christ?
What two ways does 2 Cor. 5:14-20, show that we are brought together BY and FOR the Gospel?
Read 1 Corinthians 15:12-26. How might this passage point to our unification in the hope of the Gospel?
Paul is setting the reader up to reveal that the Hope we have in Christ extends much further than this life. Look back at verses 24-26. What does Paul reveal to us here?
Read Colossians 1:27. Paul speaks of another hope that we have through Jesus Christ here. What does he mean in saying, “the hope of glory”?
Looking at how we are unified in the Family of God through the Gospel should compel us to stand TOGETHER as redeemed ambassadors of the Gospel. We belong to a Faith Family because the Gospel is the one element of commonality embraces by every authentic person of faith! Better understanding why we are together allows us to let nothing come between us. No matter what we face as the body of Christ, whether disagreement or dispute, we can always look to the Gospel as the mortar that holds together as a family of Faith!