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Formed for God's Family (2 of 6)
February 22, 2004
INTRODUCTION: We have dealt with the subjects of being created by God, being loved by God, and the fact that we were planned for God's pleasure. Today, we look at the second purpose – that being "you are formed for God's family".
Hebrews 2:10a (NKJV), "For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things..."
Hebrews 2:10a (NCV), "God is the one who made all things, and all things are for His glory. He wanted to have many children share His glory..."
The Bible says He planned everything in the entire universe so we could be born, so we could share in His glory, so we could be part of His family.
Ephesians 1:5 (NKJV), "Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will."
Ephesians 1:5 (NLT), "His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ."
The entire Bible is the story of God building a family. It's why we have history, because God is building a family for Himself that is going to last not just here on earth, but forever in eternity. It is an eternal family. You were made to last forever.
With this in mind, I Peter 2:17 "love the brotherhood" (Love your spiritual family). That's what God wants you to do. I want you to learn to love the people in your family. You see, you are going to spend more time with your spiritual family than with your physical family.
QUESTION: Why does God want us to love them?
1. It makes us more like God.
2. He wants His children to learn to get along together.
Parents want kids to get along together.
Example: Deanna and Hollie
3. It's practice for eternity.
One of the things you are going to do in heaven is you are going to love God. The other thing is you are going to love other family members.
My Second Purpose in life is FE ...
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