The Power of Belonging- by Apostle Weekes

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There is a Beauty that comes when you are connected to a Local Church family. You are not just call to believe but also to belong “God is the One who made all things, and all things are for his glory. …He wanted to have many children share his glory, so he made the One who leads people to salvation perfect through suffering. “Hebrews 2:10 (NCV)          

You were formed for God’s family; He created you to be included. On Earth there is no perfect family, and there is no perfect church here either. I think you know that by now!! We are in the process of being perfected by Jesus. The good news is, despite all of our mistakes, God still needs and want us!! God desires a big family and you were created by Him to be a part of it. Planting people in a vibrant local church is one of His many strategies to achieve His goals for this generation. We at Living Faith desire to have you included in our local family. This in turn will help God to fulfill His dreams for our personal destinies, as well as His dreams for the for and beyond.

God has a dream… His dream is to have a big family.

That is why we are all here! You are called to belong, not just to believe. The entire Bible is the story of God building a family who will love Him, honour Him and reign with Him forever. “Long ago, even before He made the world, God chose us to be His very own, through what Christ would do for us; He decided then to make us holy in His eyes, without a single fault – we who stand before Him covered with His love. His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into His own family by sending Jesus Christ to die for us. And He did this because He wanted to!” 

“Now all praise to God for His wonderful kindness to us and His favour that He has poured out upon us, because we belong to His dearly loved Son. So overflowing is His kindness towards us that He took away all our sins through the blood of His Son, by whom we are saved; and He has showered down upon us the richness of His grace – for how well He understands us and knows what is best for us at all times.”  Eph 1:4-8 ( L B)

Because God is love, He treasures relationships. His very nature is relational, and He identifies Himself in terms of family: Father, Son, Spirit. The trinity is a relationship with Himself.

When we place our faith in Jesus Christ, the following four relationships result: God becomes our father, we become His children, other believers become our brothers and sisters, and the church becomes our spiritual family.

The family of God includes all believers who are presently on Earth, as well as those from the past and future.

Benefits of being in God’s family.

The moment you were spiritually born into God’s family you were given some astounding birthday gifts: The family name, the family likeness, family privileges and family inheritance.

Our Inheritance

  • As His children, God promises to meet all our needs (Philippians 4:19).

  • As His love children, He pours into us His divine love (Romans 5:5).

  • Because we are His we are no longer victims, but victors in Christ (1 John 5:4-5).

  • We share in the family legacy. We are joint heirs with Christ – equal partners with Him (1 Corinthians 1:9; Romans 8:17).

  • We are called to reign as kings in life (Romans 5:17).

  • In Christ we have divine ability to be successful and prosperous in every area of our lives (Philippians 4:13, Amp).

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