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Seeking the Family of God

  1. Am I In Christ?
    7 Digging Deeper
  2. What is the Kingdom of God?
    3 Digging Deeper
  3. What is the Church?
    5 Digging Deeper
  4. Why Are There So Many Different Christian Religions?
    6 Digging Deeper
  5. How Can I Know the Will of God?
    4 Digging Deeper
  6. How Do I Pray?
    5 Digging Deeper
  7. What is Worship?
    6 Digging Deeper
  8. What is the Significance of the Lord’s Supper?
    5 Digging Deeper
  9. How Do I Become Like Christ?
    6 Digging Deeper
  10. What if there is no New Testament Church Near Me?
    5 Digging Deeper

The church is God’s idea. We are “called out” by the gospel to be God’s holy people. Because of Jesus and our conversion to faith in him, we do not live according to worldly values or practices. We died to the practices and attitudes of the old way of life. We have been buried with Christ in baptism and resurrected to live a new life (Romans 6:1-17). We are in Christ and Christ is in us, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:20-21). Paul encourages us,

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.  For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory (Colossians 3:1-4).

Our bodies are living sacrifices to do his will (Romans 12:1-2). We do not love the world or things that are in the world (1 John 2:15-17). We put away the old man of sin and live a new life in Christ by the power of the Spirit of God (Ephesians 4:17-5:21).

The church is the people of God who live in the kingdom of God. His kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36). “Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body” (Philippians 3:20-21). Our goal is to “be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58). We know that “the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:17).