GOD MADE US FAMILY
When I was a kid, my family would go over to my grandparents’ house every Sunday afternoon to have lunch and spend time with our extended family. I spent many Sunday afternoons chasing my cousins around my grandfather’s pool table with a KFC drum stick in my hand. At the time, I didn’t realize the significance of those Sunday afternoons. But years later, I realized that the reason my parents did that was not just to get a cheap meal or some free childcare; they did it so that we would stay connected to the rest of our family.
All throughout the scriptures, God reveals himself as a Father. This gives us great insight into the kind of relationship that God desires to have with us. In the gospel of John, we’ve learned that through Christ, God’s one of a kind son, we are made children of God. “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” So, if Jesus is our brother, and God the Father is our dad, then that can only mean one thing, we must be family! This is a major part of our new identity in Christ and it’s an incredible testimony to the power of the gospel, that those we once called strangers we now call brothers and sisters.
It’s with this part of our new identity in mind, that we gather on Sundays to worship together. This is why you will often hear pastor Matt say, “We believe the gospel has made us family, so take a moment to greet someone around you.” It’s why everyone serving in Life Kids works so hard to do a great job. Because, in a way, they are not just investing in your kids, but in their little nieces and nephews. It’s why you will often see people hugging and laughing as they greet one another, like it’s a family reunion… because it is a family reunion! After living on mission with your Life Group family all week, it’s a pretty awesome thing to gather for worship and connect with the rest of your family on the weekend!
This Sunday, we want to highlight our familial bond in Christ by inviting our kids, 3 and up, into the main service to join us for worship and by sharing a meal. So, in addition to living out our identity as servants this weekend by filling up a uhaul with food, we are also going to be living out our identity as family by having Sunday lunch together and filling our bellies with soup. Soupah Soups of Quincy is going to be on hand after the service with delicious chili, chowder and minestrone. So, make plans now to hang out a little longer after the service, grab a bowl of soup, chase down that person you’ve been looking forward to seeing, and take some time to enjoy your extended family.