Family Connection – Loves like God loves
God has adopted Christians into a family of brothers and sisters, connected by our common birth in Christ, our common Father God, a common baptism in the Spirit, and our common purpose to make His name great. This family is historic, including believers of ages past; global, including believers of all ethnicities, and yet finds its best understanding in the local church setting. Christ’s blood is thicker then any of the watered down relationship associations this world may offer us. Therefore, the Christians in a local church love one another with a commitment that is greater than the pain they cause each other. The love God calls us to in this family is holy and forgiving, disciplined and gracious, protecting and inviting. It is loving to rid from ourselves the sin that remains. It is loving to intentionally pursue the needs of each other as Christ has pursued us. It is loving to call anyone to repentance and faith and welcome them to God’s family. The local church is used by God to refine one another to holiness and equip one another for good work.