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There have always been many voices saying “This is the way to know God.” Today’s media explosion has created more voices and more confusion. Why then another? Our purpose is to share truth to help strengthen your relationship with God and with other believers in your locality.

Personal connection with other believers cannot be replaced by the mass media. It is much more satisfying to have a deep spiritual relationship with ten believers than to be in a crowd of ten thousand. Every individual is important to God, and His plan involves each one in a very real way. There are things that are important to God that can only take place in close personal relationships.

The goal of God is to build a family of His children together in love, walking in truth. Personal submission and obedience to Christ will bring conformity of each member to Christ, and a growing expression of the nature of God in a local gathering. The testimony going out to the world around will be as a “light set on a hill that cannot be hidden” and “the pillar and ground of the truth.”

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Dec 24, 2015

A key theme in scripture relating to the purpose and plan of God is the family and household of God. God has a family, Christ Jesus being the “First Born” with us as his brothers and sisters. He has a household of whom He is the Father. He is bringing His sons and daughters to maturity in his household. How can that happen when our Father is in heaven? Today we explore this subject that we may see more clearly how God is bringing his family to maturity.

From Secret of His Purpose on God’s Household and House (chapter 7)
• Family defines relationship, but does not always result in a household
• A household implies being together, a common rule, and sense of responsibility
• The church is a local assembly, a spiritual family living as one household
• We are our brother’s keeper
• We get to know God as we dwell in his household.

Additional thoughts concerning the church as the household of God
• God has a family
o Born into His family through new birth (related now as sons and daughters)
o The relationship is because of our common relationship with God
o The family structure is designed to bring the children to maturity
• The church of God is primarily a family atmosphere
o Not an organization, program, or institution)
o Requires close relationships
o Requires commitment, responsibility of members
o Has structure, order
• Differences between the natural and spiritual family
o Our Father is in heaven
o Jesus is among us as our Elder Brother by the Spirit (Heb. 2:10-13)
o God governs His household by His Spirit working through men
o We must choose to be a part of a local expression of God’s family

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