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The Family! (2 of 6)
Series: 7 Last Sayings of Christ on the Cross
John 19:25-27; Hebrews 10:24-25; Acts 2:42-47
INTRO: God never intended the church to become an institution; He always intended it to be a family! When God wanted to set the standard for human development he created the family unit, and it is this that He used as the foundation for the church too. Those churches that become institutional lose the power of what God intended for the church.
ILLUS: Many denominations have seen significant membership declines since 1965. United Methodists, for example, have shrunk by 18 percent during the period. Episcopalians have lost 28 percent of their members. Presbyterians have declined in number by 31 percent.
During the same 25-year period, however other religious bodies have reported sizable growth. Among these is the Southern Baptist Convention, which has grown by 38 percent. The church of the Nazarene has increased its membership by 61 percent. And remarkably, since 1965 the Assemblies of God have grown by 122 percent. -- Reported in U.S. News and World Report, 11/10/90. "To Verify," Leadership.
There is a real hunger to be a part of the church as God intended it to be!
When Jesus was hanging on the cross His thoughts turned toward family and the coming church, and looking at His mother and the disciple John Jesus opens the door for what the church would become; God's family!
PROP. SENT: The Bible teaches that God melds us together into one family under Christ's Lordship. In Christ we become "brothers and sisters" in Christ, not just a sentimental title but a true picture of what we are as the church.
I. RELATIONSHIPS John 19:25-27
A. Change! John 19:25-27
1. At the foot of the cross stood Mary the mother of Jesus and John one of Jesus' disciples.
a. There was also another relative, Mary's sister Mary, and a family friend also named Mary!
b. Two family members and two friends.
2. Jesus no ...
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