Our Lord's Family

Who am I?

* I am a member of the noblest and greatest family of whom part is in Heaven and the other part on earth (Ephesians 3:15).

How did I become a member of this great Family?

* I heard the Truth by being brought in touch with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God…” (John 1:12)

What is my proof of this wonderful adoption?

* It is the Spirit that I received.  “Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.” (Romans 8:9)

The Family register

* All have the same rights and privileges in the family because we are all born in it. 

* “The Lord shall count, when He writeth up the people, that this man was born there.” (Psalm 87:6)

        * …”rather rejoice, because your names are written in Heaven.” (Luke 10:20)

The Family name

* My people, My disciples, My friends.  “…the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.” (Acts 11:26)

How many members are in this great Family?

* “…Look now toward Heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them."  He said unto him, 'So shall thy seed be.'” (Genesis 15:5)

        * “…an innumerable company of angels." (Hebrews 12:22)

What is my lot in the Family?

        * Called to be a saint (Romans 1:7)
        * The Father of the family - all having the same.  “…I ascend unto My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.” (John 20:17)

What is the world's proof that we truly belong to this Family?

        * That we love one another.

        * “By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples.” (John 13:35)

The Family standard

* Our righteousness exceeding the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees. (Matthew 5:20)

* Family disputes and trespasses:  “…go and tell him (thy brother) his faults between thee and him alone.” (Matthew 18:15) Leave out the outsiders.

* The Family clothing:  all being “…subject one to another, and be clothed with humility.” (1 Peter 5:5)

* The Family chief ornament:  “…a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.” (1 Peter 3:4)

Family worship

Why do we have it in the house?

* Because God planned it.  The Lamb was to be eaten in a house. (Exodus 12:46) 

* Jesus instituted or kept the Passover in the good man's house. (Matthew 26:18)

Was it a mixed multitude in that house?

        * No! only a little part of the family of twelve and Jesus.

Why do we take the bread and wine?

        * Because Jesus left it as the only remembrance of Him.

* “…I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in the Father's Kingdom.”

Why does the Family gather together on the Lord's Day and not the original Sabbath?

* When the Sabbath was passed, those women went to the sepulcher and saw Jesus. (Mark 16:1) They might have gone on the Sabbath but not to see Jesus.

* John was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day, and as a result saw Jesus. (Revelation 1:10).

* On the first day of the week the disciples were gathered together and Jesus came in the midst. (John 20:19)

Why do we finish our meeting with a hymn?

* Jesus did it that way.  “…and when they had sung a hymn, they went out." (Matthew 26:30)

        * The Meeting was over.

Family table

* “We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.” (Hebrews 13:10).

What is your opinion when a member is taken from the Family?

* “It is that they are called to join the other part of the same family in Heaven.  Lazarus died and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom. (Luke 16:22)

Why should we be so careful that we do all things according to the pattern of Jesus in house worship, etc.?

* Because it is done and in like manner in (God's House) Heaven.  “…Thy will be done as in Earth.” (Luke 11:2)

What is the hope of the remainder of this Family on earth?

        * It is “that where He is there we will be also.” (John 14:3)

The Family house

* “For we know that if our earthy house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the Heavens.” (2 Corinthians 5:1)