Summary: Our position in the family of God produces three results.

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Shiloh Bible Church

1 John 3:1-3

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Last Sunday morning we had a child dedication here at Shiloh. Rick and Stephanie Hill dedicated their daughter Kayla. George and Allison Flick dedicated their daughter Hanna. And Lance and Nikki Seesholtz dedicated their son Eli.

Now, Eli and Hanna are the first born in their family. Kayla is a second child. She has an older sister, Ashley.

Dr. Kevin Leman is a Christian psychologist. He wrote a book entitled The Birth Order Book. [Show book.] The subtitle of the book is: Why You Are the Way You Are. The basic thesis of the book is that your birth order—whether you are an only child, first born, middle child, or baby of the family—your birth order affects your personality development and traits. For example, Leman says this about first borns: “They are natural leaders and often high achievers. The majority of politicians, spokespersons and managing directors are first-borns. They frequently live with a sense of entitlement and even superiority. They often come in two flavors: compliant nurturers and caregivers or aggressive movers and shakers. Both are in control; they just use different methods. As a rule, first-borns are picky, precise people—they pay attention to detail—tend to be punctual, organized, and competent. They want to see things done right the first time. They don’t like surprises.” And then Leman has this to say about an only child: “Only-borns are the mega-movers of the world. They are task-orientated; tend to be extremely well organized, highly conscientious and dependable. They are keen on facts, ideas, and details and feel extremely comfortable with responsibility.”

Now, some people completely embrace the idea of birth order. And yet other people completely disregard it—they think it’s a myth. Well, whether you agree with the idea or not, it’s still an interesting concept when considering a person’s position in the family.

This morning I would like us to consider our position in the family—God’s family. The Apostle John talks about this in his first epistle. Please turn with me in your Bibles to 1 John chapter 3. It is our practice at Shiloh to teach through books of the Bible on Sunday mornings. Currently, we are in a study of the first epistle of John. We have covered the first two chapters. And now John begins chapter three with these words: “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”

God calls us His children—what a wonderful privilege that is! Now, it’s important for us to understand how a person becomes a child of God. A person does not become a child of God automatically. There is something that you must do. And that something is trust in Jesus Christ alone as your Savior. The moment you by faith accept Christ’s payment on the cross for your sins, you become a child of God.

Now, what should you expect by virtue of your position as a child of God? Well, John tells us in 1 John chapter 3. John tells us that our position as children of God produces 3 results. First of all …

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