Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 12:50, “For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” Among the many different images, the Bible uses to describe who the Church is (body, army, bride, etc.) the most dominant one is that of a family. The Apostle Paul uses familial language more than any other metaphor throughout the New Testament in describing who the church is. Because the Church belongs to God and we are his children, the church is the family of God. All Christians have been adopted by God the Father (Rom. 8:15) and are now brothers and sisters of Jesus (Heb. 2:11).
Restored Church South Bay believes the church is the family of God, and not a building, place, or a program. Because God is our Father we are brothers and sisters. We want the Gospel to deeply impact the way we treat each other in every area of life. We want Restored Church to be a healthy family where we can celebrate the joyful times with one another and also mourn the difficult seasons together. We want to be a family who is vulnerable about our struggles and our pain in order to get the support we need to experience the restoring work of the Gospel in our lives. As a family, we will be “eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Eph. 4:3) We will not give up on one another after being sinned against or when we disagree because that is not what healthy families do and ultimately not the way Jesus deals with us. Healthy church families work through difficult times and strive for unity because it is our unity that shows the world a clearer picture of the Gospel (Jn.17:20-23).
We strive to be a family where we help one another with all of the resources God has given us; time, gifts, money, homes, etc. We believe that as we love one another as brothers and sisters, we will reflect the Gospel to the world in such a way that they will see Jesus more clearly and fall in love with Him.
1 John 2:9-11
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