The church is more than a club. It is more than a group of people who agree on a certain political issue. It goes beyond a shared interest in same style of music. The church is a group of people who have been brought together through the reconciling work of Jesus. They are a family!
It is made up of people who are adopted into the family of God. Romans 8:16-17a says, “16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ…”
While this spiritual family is still residing on the earth, they have the opportunity to connect with and encourage other members of this eternal, spiritual family. When God draws people to Himself, He also draws them into a new family!
All families share some likenesses, they tend to resemble each other. My children share common physical traits with both my family and my wife’s family.
In the family of God, we also share a common trait. That commonality is truth. 1 Timothy 3:15b describes the church of the living God as “a pillar and buttress of the truth…”
• It is the gospel and the truth of the Word of God that brings the church into existence in the first place.
• The truth of the Word then shapes the behaviors, attitudes, and actions of the people who adhere to it.