Just before Jesus’ death on the cross he spoke to his mother and he best friend John and he told them to go and be family. As Christians we are encouraged, supported, and we mature as part of the Christian Church Family.
Go and Be Family
Series: Last Words of Jesus #2
26 When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, here is your son.” 27 And he said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home. John 19:26-27
Jesus was saying go and be family.
Then Simeon blessed them, and he said to Mary, the baby’s mother, “This child is destined to cause many in Israel to fall, but he will be a joy to many others. He has been sent as a sign from God, but many will oppose him. 35 As a result, the deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your very soul.” Luke 2:34-35
18 All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, 19 but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. Luke 2:18-19
All of their faith had been centered on the physical person of Christ.
26 If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. 27 All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. . 1 Cor 12:26-27
Jesus established a holy family to support each other and to carry out the work that Jesus started.
33 Jesus replied, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” 34 Then he looked at those around him and said, “Look, these are my mother and brothers. 35 Anyone who does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” Mark 3:33-35
As Christians we are all spiritual and blood related. We are brothers and sisters in Christ.
Do you think I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I have come to divide people against each other! 52 From now on families will be split apart, three in favor of me, and two against—or two in favor and three against. Luke 12:51-52
We Need the Church to Continue the Work of Christ
42 All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.
1) We need fellowship with each other.
2) We need to be discipled.
43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. 46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity— 47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.
3) We need corporate worship.
4) We need to minister to each other. (Use gifts)
5) We need to take the ministry out of the church to make more disciples.
We need each other in order to mature in the faith.
12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.
14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Eph 4:12-14