Celebrating Family

Recordings, notes and application questions

Each week, we produce notes, discussion points and application questions for the Sunday talks — helping you go deeper into everything we’re looking at together and resourcing our Small Groups during the week. Use the embedded player to listen to the talk, or click here to visit Soundcloud and download it on a PC. You can also subscribe to Oasis podcasts on Spotify, iTunes or Podbean for listening on the go, and you can find the accompanying Powerpoint presentation for this week’s talk here.

Key Passages

  • 1 John 1:1–3 (with links to John 1:1 and Genesis 1:1)
  • 1 John 3:1
  • Matthew 12:49–50
  • John 13:35
  • 1 Corinthians 13:4–7

Notes

IDENTITY

We are encouraged (maybe even commanded) to see / behold / consider the kind of love that God has lavished (generously, extravagantly, joyfully) on us that we should be called Children of God and that is what we are.

This letter is written to those gathered together in following Jesus (this includes us). All who receive Jesus — that is, who trust in Him as God and Saviour — are called children of God (see John 1:12). So, we hear about Jesus, and in hearing we recognise Him as God and Saviour, and, in recognising, our hearts are moved to want Him as our God and Saviour, and in wanting Him we trust God’s word which says that He has already been given to us. And in this way, we are children of God. And it is all gift.

We are invited into fellowship with God (Father, Son and Spirit) and with each other (they go hand in hand… fellowship with God means fellowship with the church). It’s all about family! Fellowship (Koinonia in Greek) is about partnership, sharing, communication, interaction… i.e. we get in on the eternal love of God…. See that / consider that / behold that! So, the command in 1 John 3:1 is to consider what you already are in Jesus. Nothing more to do. Just rest in what is already true of you by virtue of Jesus having already been given to you, received by faith.

FAMILY LIKENESS

Jesus perfectly bore the likeness of His Father, and in making us Children of God, He empowers us to bear the family likeness also. This includes loving one another (John 13:35), praying for one another (James 5:17), forgiving one another (Ephesians 4:32) and loving with the attributes we see in 1 Corinthians 13.

Application Questions

  1. What spoke to you most from Sunday’s sermon?
  2. What do you think of as your identity?
  3. How are you finding living in the identity of being a child of God? How liberating is it to know that this depends not on your capacities but on the strength of God’s promise in Christ?
  4. In what ways can we ‘see / behold / consider’ God’s lavish love that makes us God’s children? How can we help each other in this?
  5. What does fellowship with God look like? What does fellowship with each other look like?
  6. What practical ways could you show love to others… in the church / not yet part of the church?
  7. How can we enjoy the ‘one another’ aspects of bearing the family likeness together?