The Love Of God's Forever Family by Nelson Price

10/26/86
THE LOVE OF GOD'S FOREVER FAMILY
EPHESIANS 3: 14 - 19
(PAGE 1710 COME ALIVE BIBLE)

JESUS CHRIST taught us to pray: "our Father..."
Of our beloved Lord it was said: "As many as received Him, to
them He gave the right to become children of God" (John 1:12).
Christ further said: "For whoever does the will of My Father in
heaven is My brother and sister and mother" (Matthew 12:50).
Do you get the picture?
Our text further stresses the point: "For this reason I bow my
knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the
whole family in heaven and earth is named..."
There is a spiritual family of God destined to live with the
Father in heaven FOREVER. Becoming a member is described by
Christ's term, "You must be born again..."
LET'S TAKE AN ANALYTICAL LOOK AT THE FAMILY OF GOD
HERE ARE THE A B C ' S
I. A
A.Authority.
God the Father has an intended order for everything. The
Christian ethic produces a new concept of relationships.
Authority speaks of order and order of confidence and security.
The individual Christian and the total church must not ever be
unmindful who the authoritative head of this spiritual family
is. It is God the Father.
B.Acceptance.
As in a family so in the church, there must be a climate in
which we respect and value one another. We must desire
oneanother's good. Acceptance is rooted in the heart of God.
When we know we are accepted by the Father, we can accept each
other.
C.Adventure.
A family is kept rejuvenated by a sense of adventure.
Undertaking exciting and demanding things together increases our
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