Feb 23, 2015 |Family of Families

Being A Child

02.23.15 | Family of Families

Being A Child

Pastor Joe Testa teaches at the MSU Venue that being followers of Christ equates to being adopted children into God’s family and what that means for us.

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When we submit to one another out of Christ, as children, this means to honor our father and mother.

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” (Ephesians 6:1-3)

Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature. (1 Corinthians 14:20)

The way we obey and honor our earthly parents carry over into our relationship with God.

“…in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.” (Galatians 3:26)

To be childlike in our humility means to honor God, place ourselves under God, and listen under His Word.

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:1-4)

So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. (1 Peter 2:1-3)

Our faith should be marked by assurance and conviction.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)

So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. (1 Peter 2:1-3)

A mature believer becomes confident in their position in Christ while maintaining a sincere love.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.

When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 11)

Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. (Philippians 2:14-16)

No matter your age, honor your parents as it will display the Gospel and will teach you to honor our Heavenly Father.

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