December 12, 2022

It’s the Family Business

Love it or hate it, Christmas is a time for family. There are workplace Christmas parties where we will hear “this place is a family.” We are expected to attend, lets be honest, sub-par elementary Christmas performances for our nieces and nephews at their school. We will gather at grandma’s house and open presents on Christmas Eve and then show up at our in-laws house Christmas morning in matching PJ’s. Tis the season of gathering with all our different “families.”


David Terry

Executive Worship Pastor

As a Pastor who grew up in a ministry family, I’ve been a part of and witnessed more Christmas productions, candlelight services, lightly attended early Christmas morning services, live nativity scenes, and Christmas carol singalongs than I could possible count. Per my estimate I’ve celebrated Christmas more times at this point at the age of 28 than most people could in 2 lifetimes. What I love though, is how Christmas services have the ability gather the family of God together to celebrate the birth of the one who makes us a family.

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.”
Romans 8:14-17 NKJV

Through Jesus we are adopted into the family of God! This comes with great benefit to the individual believer. We receive the favor of God and access to all his rich blessings, we receive the unconditional covenantal love of the Father, and we get a brand new family, despite our old family, that strengthens us and loves us. But being a part of the family of God isn’t just blessings and benefits, although there are many. It means that we are now a part of the family business.

Verse 17 says “if indeed we suffer with Him [meaning Christ], that we may also be glorified together” (NKJV). The family business we now all share and own stock in, is that of service to others. We are experts in love and forgiveness, and we specialize in grace and sacrificial love. Our motto is “unto the Lord until He comes.”

So as we gather among all our different “families”, as our social encounter tank runs to empty going to the 15th party, and our patience get’s tested with extended family and end of the year business, remember the opportunity before you. Every encounter is an opportunity to display the love and hope of Jesus. Every moment is one to display Joy in our countenance and peace through our words. Let us not just celebrate the light of Christ this Christmas, but amplify it and exhibit it in our lives.

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The book of Ruth is a fascinating and enthralling narrative - one drawing us into the story of redemption and the grafting of Gentiles into the family of God. It begins with the family of Naomi, an Israelite woman who finds herself in a tough situation, as both her sons and husband pass away. Left with no family, and in a foreign land, Naomi decides to leave the country of Moab and head back to Bethlehem. She heard the LORD had come to the aid of her people in Bethlehem by providing food and decided to make the journey back home with her daughters-in-law.


Tonderai Bassoppo-Moyo

Associate Pastor

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David Terry

Executive Worship Pastor