Summary: Members of the household (family) of God display the characteristics of being built on a foundation of Scripture and Jesus Christ, being built with the design of fitting together and growing into a holy temple in the Lord, and built for the purpose of bei

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1. The family of God is built on a foundation

2. The family of God is built with a design

3. The family of God is built for a purpose


One time a pastor had a group of children up in front of the church to give them a children’s sermon. He was trying to make the point that money can’t buy everything. He was trying to drive home his point when he asked them, “What would you do if I said I would give you $1000 to quit loving your Mom and Dad?” Everybody was quiet. Finally one little boy in the back raised his hand. He said, “Preacher, how much do you think I could get to quit loving my sister?” That little boy’s question brought out a good point about families. Families are funny. Lots of times, families bicker and fuss. But don’t let anybody else mess with them. Don’t let anyone from outside the family say anything. When somebody from outside the family says anything, most of the time a family will come together and present a united front. They say that nothing unites like a common enemy. That may be true, but that kind of unity only lasts till the battle is over. True unity is family unity. You see, a healthy family is a united family. A family that works together toward a common purpose. And a family that works together for a common purpose shares certain characteristics. In the passage we’re looking at this morning, Paul starts with the word “therefore.” We’ve talked about this before, but anytime you see the word “therefore”, it’s a good idea to find out what it’s there for. He puts it there to say that because of all the things he’s just talked about, the things coming up are possible. As we’ve looked at over the past few weeks, Paul has constantly reminded the Ephesian Christians who they were before Jesus saved them. They were lost without hope. They were dead in their trespasses and sins. They were separated from God and His covenantal promises. And then Jesus saved them. He brought them to new life in Him. Not because of anything they had done. But solely because of His grace. Now, because of God’s grace, Paul is telling them they are part of the household of God. In verse 19, he tells them they are “fellow citizens with the saints and of the household of God.” They are of the household of God—part of His house. God has brought them into His family—this wonderful new family of God called the church. Now is where the therefore comes in. Because Christ has saved them. Because God has brought them together in His family, the church. Because of that, they are to show certain characteristics of being in His family. That’s what’s neat about being part of a family. When you’re a part of a family, you share certain characteristics. Whether those characteristics are genetic or not, you can’t get away from them. There’s a family resemblance. Every time my kids do something rotten, my wife says they’re just like me. When they do something sweet and wonderful, of course they’re being like her. The point is, do we have a family resemblance? Do we show the characteristics of being in the family of God? I want each of us here this morning to leave this place showing the world that we are part of God’s family. In order to do that we’re going to look in our passage at three characteristics of being in the family of God. The first characteristic is that the family of God is built on a foundation.

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