We are celebrating our 25th Anniversary as a church. I have had the privilege of being pastor for all those years. Whether you know it or not, every Christian belongs to a family alongside the one you grew up with. It’s a family that extends beyond race or culture. But it’s a family that is linked together with the unbreakable bond of faith in Jesus Christ. The church is the family of God.

Do you often think of the church as being the family of God? Why or why not?

Paul wrote that Gentiles, who had once been separated from God and excluded from His family, had now been brought into God’s new people-the Church-through the death of Jesus. That’s the same family that we are a part of.

What kinds of things make the family of God different from any other family?

The family of God is not dependent on race, gender or any other natural factor. While these things might separate people in other situations, our differences in the family of God only serve to highlight the greatness of what we have in common.

What sorts of barriers are crossed in the family of God that might keep people apart in other situations?

Because God has brought us all together in Christ, we must make sure that we don’t set up barriers that God has torn down. We must love and value every member of God’s family regardless of their background. That’s part of what is means to be a family-that we connect with, support and provide encouragement to each other.

When the family of God functions as a healthy family, people of all sorts find hope, encouragement and support in our midst. Regardless of what kind of family people come from, they should find in the church an example of the love and support they get from their heavenly Father. When this happens, people not only connect with and love each other more deeply, but they also experience in tangible ways the love and support God Himself has for them.

What is one way you might be more supportive of God’s family this week?


About Rick McDaniel

Rick McDaniel is a noted author, international communicator and church leader. He is the founder/senior pastor of Richmond Community Church in Richmond, Virginia. The church is known for its contemporary and innovative services and has a worldwide reach through McDaniel has earned three degrees including an advanced degree from Duke University and is the author of​ six​​ books including his latest "Turn Your Setbacks Into Comebacks." He has traveled and spoken at conferences and churches worldwide spanning six continents.

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