One of my favorite aspects of being part of an active church is the fellowship we experience when we come together. Honestly, one of the main pleasures of being together in small groups or other events is eating delicious food.
Of course, it’s not just the food itself. It’s eating together. Eating makes a group of people do something physical (which itself is united).
It helps create positive emotions and memories because it gives you something to enjoy together. Disarm to lower your guard and act as an ice breaker to encourage casual conversation.
Most importantly, eating with other Christians allows us to spend some time as God designed us to be, while enjoying the meal in the hope that it will lead to greater fellowship in the future. It’s about bringing us closer to our families.
If you know what it means to be in a healthy church, or if you are familiar with the model of church that the New Testament gives us, you will see that the church really is like a family. is.
I was recently reminded of this reality while talking to a missionary friend. When he described his church in the South American mission field, he was happy to describe a group of people who cared for each other, who loved each other, and who genuinely wanted to be together.
It’s not just how Jesus wanted the church, but how he started it just like a family.
1. Remember that Jesus loved his family
He was born into a family with parents and siblings, with whom he lived and participated most of his life. And finally, he loved his family so much that on his last breath, when hung on the cross, he made sure his mother was taken care of (John 19:26-27).
Jesus also taught the importance of family and marriage (the foundation of the family). One of his most popular teachings is Mark 10:6-9 When Jesus declared:
“…from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female. ‘Therefore, a man leaves his father and mother and embraces his wife, and they become one. “So they are no longer two, but one flesh; therefore, what God has joined together, let no man put apart.”
But Jesus didn’t just teach the importance of family and marriage. He actively supported it, and his first public appearance (after some degree of public baptism, of course) was at a wedding, where he attended with his mother and disciples and performed his first miracle. bottom.
And Jesus was not a bystander at this wedding, “We will provide a light meal.”(John 2).
But then, in the same passage where Jesus gave the disciple John the responsibility of caring for his mother, we can get a hint of what kind of family relationship Jesus had with his disciples. . “The disciple he loved (John 19).
This is because Jesus did not focus solely on caring for a physical family, but essentially welcomed all his followers and treated them like family.
Mark tells us that once, while Jesus was ministering to the crowd, when some people told him that his mother and brothers were outside, he replied:
“Here is my mother and my brother! Whoever does God’s will is my brother, sister and mother. ” (Mark 3:31-35).
2. Treat the church as Jesus treated his disciples and ministry
As we read through the Gospels, we see that Jesus traveled with them at various times, boarded ships with them, was at home with them, attended feasts and celebrations with them, and served as his father. You can see that he taught lessons like He taught children, helped them when they were in trouble, allowed them to make mistakes, and used those experiences to teach them further.
God Himself incarnate took time out to sit and eat with his disciples. As already mentioned it was a very important key and he treated them like family.
The specific time he did this was when we “Last Supper. One important detail of ” Matthew 26:20-29 Jesus served bread and wine to Judas Iscariot.
This is a perfect example of how a family cares for members who don’t get along or even feel like enemies. That’s it…someday. We’ll get to that in a minute.
The Dynamics of This Family of Jesus‘ Service did not end with him.
3. Similar to the first churches that treated each other like family
right after jesus‘ ascend back to heaven Apostle 2the apostles preached the gospel to people all over the world and invited them into the family of God—something only Jews thought they claimed at the time.
As a result, the appearance of the First Church we get is just that. “A utopian society that other cults have tried to imitate.
They loved each other, met regularly, and shared resources in a way that made even the closest of family members look like enemies! connect people like never before.
after that, Apostle Paul taught This family mentality taught the church he started that we should not allow our differences to define or divide us, and that we should not seek unity and agreement (1 Corinthians 1).
hello “In the Chapter of Love, faith and hope are important aspects of our Christian faith, but love for one another is paramount (1 Corinthians 13).
Paul also used the analogy of the human body and its many unique members. Each has a different function, but all serve each other and explain how the church should see itself and treat each other.
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I“f We trust Christ to work in us when we gather and open our hearts to becoming like Christ when we gather.‘Whether it’s meals, church services, golf games, or children’s playdates, we share that wonderful fellowship. We are designed for this kind of fellowship, this kind of connection with Jesus, and it is none other than the body of Christ. This is what it means to find true belonging in the Church. ”
the church at the end ““Family” is not the end on this earth.
heaven will be like family
Another Important Detail of Jesus‘ Last Supper with the Disciples Matthew 26 Earlier, Jesus promised to sit down and eat with his followers again after the last time this present earth and heaven was spoken and done.
But this time, suspicion and betrayal are mixed! John prophesied in the Book of Revelation: “For the marriage of the Lamb began, and his bride was ready.Revelation 19:7).
From Luke we get the impression of when Jesus came back for him. “servant” (church) “He will dress them up for service, seat them at the table, and come and serve them.”Luke 12:37).
What a wonderful idea that Jesus will again serve those of us who have served Him.but this is not his fault “Because we have nothing to offer Jesus, who has everything.
Then the same Jesus welcomes his children into the new heavens and new earth that he has. “Prepared as a bride decked out for her husband’ (again — family and marriage photos) (Revelation 21:1-4).
one writer The ultimate goal of “God‘His work and mission remain a reconciled and intimate relationship with people, his children and the church.“
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The more people see the church as her fellowship and defective family, the less there will be neglectThe more pastors and church leaders see the church as family, the less people treat her like work and abuse her.
As more church members view the church as family, fewer outsource each other’s care to pastors and deacons, and outsource each other’s service to paid employees.
Christians — Let’s go the extra mile to not only expect our church to act like family, but to do all we can.
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Robert Hampshire Pastor, teacher, writer, and leader. He married Rebecca in 2008 and has three children with him: Brooklyn, Bryson and Abram. Robert received his bachelor’s degree from Greenville College in North Carolina and his master’s degree from Liberty University in Virginia. He has held various roles as a worship pastor, youth pastor, family pastor, church planter, and is currently a worship and disciple pastor. Chelow First Baptist Church in South Carolina. He promotes his ministry through his blog site. sincere thoughtsand his YouTube channel. His life goals are to evangelize the lost, to make devoted disciples, to prepare and empower others to advance further in their faith and calling, and to multiply for the glory of God. To serve God and His Church by leading the culture.find out more about him here.