ENTER OUR FOO #4: The Church

Because of the influences of FOO (family of origin) #2 (Adam and Eve) and FOO #3 (our biological parents… also broken and sinful)  we have an anxious core which leaves us filled with tension and inner conflicts which leads us to ask,

“Who am I? What is my eternal destiny? What is my present destiny? What is life?”

So we struggle with issues and matters of death, mortality, futility, purpose, sense of defeat by the world, brokenness, despair, disorientation etc… which leaves hungering for some orientation, direction, answers.

God provides us with a new opportunity to correct the influences of FOOs #2 and 3 by the message and ministry of the church.

As a result of receiving its message and ministry, we can all begin a journey which is reparitive and restorative, first vertically with God and secondly, horizontally with one another.

That is, the ruptures that exist with God and with others can be repaired.  The message of the Church: 

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations,

baptizing them in the name of the Father

 and the Son and the Holy Spirit,

teaching them to observe all that I commanded you;

 and lo, I am with you always,

even unto the end of the age (Matthew 28:19-20).”

As the church preaches the gospel (good news) of Jesus’ substitutionary death on the cross (He died as a substitute for me) for my sins, God’s repair of our estranged state can be made.

As I enter into a relationship with God through Christ and see Him as my savior, I am transferred from the domain of darkness into the domain of light (read Ephesians 2). I am given the gift of eternal life and I become a child of God.  It is in this eternal security of salvation that I become securely attached to God.  

“Therefore having been justified (pronounced righteous) by faith,

we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ…

But God demonstrates His own love toward us,

in while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood,

we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.

 For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His son,

much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

 And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation

(Romans 5:1, 8-11).”

According to John 3:16, we are born again and we will not perish but will inherit eternal life because of God’s great love toward us.

“Born again”… sounds like an entrance into a new family doesn’t it?  It’s the most significant and important do over we’ll ever have the chance to exercise.  Ahhh… secure attachment!  Thanks for listening,

Love and blessings,

Milan & Kay