The Recovery of the Church as the Family of God

Ephesians 2:19 So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,

Ephesians 2:20 Being built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone;

Ephesians 2:21 In whom all the building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord;

Ephesians 2:22 In whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in spirit.

Stanza 3 of hymn 1238 (in video above) says:

How delightful ’tis to know;
How subjective, real, and sweet
Is this inward joy of grace
We experience when we meet;
Life abundant Jesus gives
As my full reality;
Praise You, Lord, it’s really true,
I’m in Your own family.

Fellowship to help us know Christ and pursue Him

As Christians, we have to advance to see and experience the church as the family of God. John 1:13 says something absolutely precious about Christians, “…begotten not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”. We can see in the previous verse, John 1:12, that by believing in Christ, we receive Him as our life. This means that God is now our Father. He is not only our Father because He created us and because we are one of His many creatures, but He is now our Father in the most real way– because we have received His life!

We should also see that all the believers are our brothers and sisters. Having the same life of God makes all the Christians a new creation. We know this from 2 Corinthians 5:17 which says, “So then if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.” With our family in the flesh we share the same human life. With our family in Christ we share God’s life and are a new creation. What we have in common with all the genuine Christians is the most precious thing in the universe! We hope that all of the regenerated children of God have an epiphany, an illuminating discovery and realization concerning the church as the family of God. 

Beginning also with the Brethren, the saints began to see that the church is God’s household, God’s family. This is clearly revealed in Ephesians 2:19 which says, “So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens of the saints and members of the household of God.” The very God is our Father and we all are His children. Being His children, we are the folks of God’s family. The Greek word for household refers both to the house, the dwelling place, and to the household, the family. You can translate the same word with these two meanings. The end of Ephesians 2 reveals the household as the habitation of God. Verse 19 mentions the household, while verse 22 says that we are being built together into a dwelling place of God in spirit. The household is the dwelling place, the habitation.

Today, physically speaking, the household can never be the dwelling place of a father. However, spiritually speaking, all of God’s children at the same time are both God’s family and also God’s dwelling place. God’s habitation is built with His children. Therefore, His children are both His family and His dwelling place. The family is the dwelling place. We can declare to the whole universe that we are both God’s family and God’s house. We are His children, and at the same time we are His dwelling place. The Brethren, in their teachings, have made this very clear. From the assembly, the gathering of God’s called ones, they went on to the family of God, the household, and to the habitation of God. (The One New Man, Chapter 1, by Witness Lee)

If you have time, you can learn more about the recovery through John Nelson Darby and the Brethren at: http://www.johndarby.org/recovery/index.html

 

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Gospel Meeting: A World in Crisis

This next hour may change your life. It’s all about Jesus Christ.

He is the fountain that never runs dry. When we believe in Him, He comes to live in us and satisfies our deepest thirst. He really does!

For My people have committed two evils: / They have forsaken Me, / The fountain of living waters, / To hew out for themselves cisterns, / Broken cisterns, / Which hold no water.  – Jeremiah 2:13

We are pleased to share this good-news-video with you! It comes from the church in Irvine, California. Watch, Open your Heart, and See how Jesus Christ is such a fountain, and how He can be yours, too!

Looking back at the 2019 North America College Training – Why Post This Now?

In addition to a glorious full week of the college training, there were also 40 days of prayer surrounding this event which laid the tracks for God to bless this generation of college students. Why post this now? Take a look at the last item of prayer from the 40 days:

The lasting impact of this college training, including upon those who did not have the chance to attend.

All 40 items of prayer can be found at the College Training Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/collegetraining)

Looking back at the 2019 North America College Training – Video

The Jubilee!

How many registered for the July 2019, North America College Training?… 2781
Where was it located?… University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
What did Christians on Campus at the University of Utah have to say about this full-week event? Find out in this 3 minute vid. 

We firmly believe that the Lord blessed this college training in particular. He answered many of the prayers from the 40 days of prayer surrounding this event. Thank and praise our Lord Jesus Christ. He is our real Jubilee!

June Pursuit – The Cycle of Life – Blood

In week four of June pursuit, we talk about the blood of Jesus and how His blood cleanses us from all our sin. 

“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from every sin.” – 1 John 1:7

In the following video message, we also see how life, fellowship, and blood all relate to loving the Lord’s appearing. 

June Pursuit – The Cycle of Life – Light

In week three of June Pursuit we talk about how the Lord Jesus is light to us. 

“And this is the message which we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” – 1 John 1:5

Sometimes we may feel like we are in darkness, but when we have God, we have light!

June Pursuit – The Cycle of Life – Fellowship

In week two of the June Pursuit series, we learn that we have a vertical fellowship with God and a horizontal fellowship with other believers. 

“That which we have seen and heard we report also to you that you also may have fellowship with us, and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.” – 1 John 1:3

May we speak genuinely from our heart to God and may we practice speaking the word of God to one another!

June Pursuit – The Cycle of Life – Life

In the following June Pursuit video for week one, we see the purpose of our salvation, which is to have eternal life. 

“For God so love the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that everyone who believes into Him would not perish, but would have eternal life.” – John 3:16

May we be those who take God as life and live by Him! 

 

June Pursuit – The Cycle of Life – Opening Word

June Pursuit is here! During the month of June we will be getting into Loving the Lord’s appearing and growing in life (by being in the “The Cycle of Life”)

We will be pursuing through Bible reading, a daily devotional, small group readings, and ministry video meetings. The following video is the opening word for the pursuit, enjoy!

“Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, with which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will recompense me in that day, and not only me but also all those who have loved His appearing.” – 2 Tim. 4:8