Daily Bible Studies & Sermon Notes

Welcome to the Family
Pastor Scott Dungan
Col 3:14-17
• Christianity is much more than being forgiven, going to church, and having a private relationship with Jesus
• We have been given a precious gift, we have been placed into an eternal community, we have been placed into a new family

Realize that you have been adopted into God’s family
• Adoption – you became a full member of the family, shared in all the rights, responsibilities, and privileges of the new family, former
life and family ties cut off.
- Adoption came with legal obligations and religious duties,
- Adoption in Rome: because of paternal power, sons were almost slaves to their fathers, so a son would be transferred from the
power of their natural father to the power and control of their adoptive father, this was seen as a redemptive act through the
payment of a price
• Paul uses the Roman understanding of adoption to explain what Jesus has done for believers. (Ro 8:15-17, 23) – through adoption the Christian is released from the slavery of sin and through redemption placed into the family of God, and given the Holy Spirit who awakens us to, and confirms the son-ship within us)
• The blessings of Adoption
- Forgiveness, a new life given, provision, protection, healing, purpose, comfort

Accept your new family identity
• Don’t cling to your past (your natural families)
- Some have great families, the challenge is to make room in your heart for your spiritual family as well & not allow your natural
family to be the center of your universe
- Some have bad families, the challenge is to open your hearts to others (Jesus yes, people no)
• Embrace your new family (your Spiritual Family)
- Ephesians 2:19 – no longer strangers and aliens, but citizens, saints, members of God’s household
- Mark 10:29-30 – Left house, brothers, sisters, mother, father for Jesus, but will receive 100 times as much, houses, brothers,
sisters, mothers… eternal life
• Accept your position in the family (equal standing with each other, Christ is the head)
- John 17:21 – all who believe may be one, so that the world may believe
- 1 Peter 4:10 – each one has received a special gift, use it in serving one another

Regularly participate in family life
• 1Peter 1:22 - Fervently love one another from the heart
• Hebrews 3:13 - Encourage one another day after day as long as it is still called today
• Deuteronomy 11:19 – teach God’s principles to your sons, when you sit, or lie down, or walk
• 1 Peter 4:10 – minister to one another (received special gift use it to serve one another)
• 1 Timothy 5:1 – the older and the younger are to respect each other and treat each other with dignity

• Stand in Faith (Heb 11)
- Faith – the ability to cling to what God says as true despite what you see
• Live in Hope
- Hope – expectancy of future blessing through past observation of what God has done
• Obsess in Love (1Pe 2:17)
- Patient, compassionate attitude, self-sacrifice, giving, serving, and caring

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