Summary: We are not strangers or foreigners, we are His house, His church, His body and God has called us together as a community with a purpose. Before God created you in your mother’s womb, He had a plan and a purpose for you.
The Confident Hope of a Called Community
We continue in our series on Discovering Your Destiny. Recently we have been focusing on Discovering our calling, this morning we are going to consider what it means to be 'A Called Community'.
Dictionary.com defines the word Called as: to command or invite or request or ask to come; a summons, invitation, or bidding.
Dictionary.com defines the word Community as: a social, religious, occupational, or other group sharing common characteristics or interests and perceived or perceiving itself as distinct in some respect from the larger society within which it exists.
The Bible teaches that when we are saved through faith in Jesus as our Lord and Saviour we become children of God. The Bible says that we are part of the family of God because God has adopted us, listen to the words of the Apostle Paul from Ephesians chapter 1:
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.
Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes.
God decided in advance to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ.
This is what He wanted to do, and it gave Him great pleasure.
So we praise God for the glorious grace He has poured out on us who belong to His dear Son.
He is so rich in kindness and grace that He purchased our freedom with the blood of His Son and forgave our sins.
He has showered His kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.
God has now revealed to us His mysterious will regarding Christ—which is to fulfil His own good plan.
And this is the plan: At the right time He will bring everything together under the authority of Christ —everything in heaven and on earth.
Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for He chose us in advance, and He makes everything work out according to His plan.
God’s purpose was that we Jews who were the first to trust in Christ would bring praise and glory to God.
And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you.
And when you believed in Christ, He identified you as His own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom He promised long ago.
The Spirit is God’s guarantee that He will give us the inheritance He promised and that He has purchased us to be His own people.
He did this so we would praise and glorify Him.
Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God’s people everywhere, I have not stopped thanking God for you.
I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God.
I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope He has given to those He called—His holy people who are His rich and glorious inheritance.
I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe Him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the place of honour at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.