by John Barnett

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Grace Energized Men are Mended by the Truth (14 of 31)
Series: Grace-Energized Men
John Barnett
February 10, 2008

As we open to I Timothy 3, turn your minds towards one of the most amazing parts of our faith-the new relationships God gives to us.

First, all of us in Christ this morning are brothers and sisters (I Tim. 5:1-2); and that even includes our children, our parents, and our marriage partners, if they are believers. And that list of relatives extends up and down the streets of Tulsa, across the country, and around the world. We have blood relatives in every part of this world. The key is, if they are born-again believers-they are our siblings.
Second, God is our Father (Mat. 6:6-15). We have a perfect, always-there Dad who loves us without any conditions, who will never change, pull back, leave home, or divorce our mother. He knows what's best, gives us everything we need, stays in touch constantly, and goes with us everywhere we are.
Thirdly, Jesus Christ has become our brother as well as God and Savior (Hebrews 2:11-12). That means He knows all of our struggles, pains, weaknesses, and temptations-and is right there with us as we go through them.
Finally, we live in God's house (I Timothy 3:15), His Church, and as family members the Bible, God's Word is the plan He has for us how we are to behave, all of our family duties, and so on.
We are the house of God. Each of us are a spiritual piece of that building. We are built upon the foundation of truth that is in Christ Jesus. Listen again to what Paul said in I Timothy 3:15:

"…but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth." NKJV

We are in the midst of a study of Titus 2:2, where Paul explains the "house rules". All believers are called saints. And those saints who believe right and behave right are "sound in faith". A believer, who has healthy faith, beli ...

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