How Can My Church Family Help Me Go To Heaven?

How Can My Church Family Help Me Go To Heaven?
August 28, 2022
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Passage: Hebrews 13:1
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We're going to talk this morning about how our church family can help us go to Heaven. Think about the need for the church. The church is where the saved are. Can we be saved outside the church? No, we can't. Can we be faithful without the help of the church? Maybe we can, but it is a lot easier and helpful when we have one another. We need the help of the church to help us go to Heaven.

A few weeks ago I talked about how our homes and families can help us go to Heaven. I talked about the various roles of members in the family, and in our family, we can help one another go to Heaven. The home is the first institution put in place by God. It goes all the way back to the garden of Eden, and Adam and Eve. It serves as a model for the religious institution of the Lord's church.

There are a lot of parallels between the home and the church family. Just like in the home there is the authority figure. The father is to be the authority in the home, the mother and wife, are to be under him, and the children are under her. All are under God. We see a similar parallel in the church. God is over all, the elders have the authority in the congregation. Their authority is not separate from the Word of God but is in the Word of God. Then, we also as members need to treat each other as brethren, mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters.

How can my church family help me to go to heaven? We practice brotherly love.

  • Hebrews 13:1

Just like the home is based upon the mutual love that each member has for one another, the church, especially in the local congregation is based upon the mutual brotherly love that each member has for one another. Notice the familial connotation of the word, brotherly. We're to treat one another as family. We are family. We can't choose which family we are born into, but we can choose to be part of the family of God.

Brotherly Love in the Church

We choose to love one another and to treat each other as mothers, fathers, and brotherly love.

  • 1 Timothy 3:15

The church is the house of God, the family of God.

The word, ὁ οἶκος, household, translated house, according to Thayer's Dictionary is a house, or dwelling place, a domicile, a building. Also, the inmates of a house, all the persons forming one family, a household: in a sense the family of God, as of the Christian church, The family of God, both of the Old and New Testament.

There is the family aspect. We're to treat one another as we would our family. There is a friendship that is closer than a brother, the friendship, should supersede all other love that we have, except for our love of God. We're all brothers and sisters.

  • Romans 8:14-17

The idea of Abba, that only applies to one's own father. In Aramaic, it's a child referring to his own father. That is the relationship we have with God, He is our Father. Each of us is joint heirs with Christ, and with one another. We see the relationship between brothers and sisters.

  • 1 Timothy 5:1-2

We're to treat one another as a family as we seek to help one another go to Heaven.

  • Galatians 5:6

Faith is demonstrated, or worked by love. You can't separate one from another.

  • Ephesians 6:23

The connection between faith and love is similar to faith and work. Faith is worked by love.

  • James 2:19

The devils have faith, yet, their faith is not saving faith. As witnessed by their hatred.

"Let brotherly love continue." — Hebrews 13:1

Where love does not continue in the church, the family ceases to function as a family. The command to love one another is very prominent.

  • Colossians 3:12-14

Above all other things, we are to put on charity. If we act in love we'll be doing all the things he mentioned. And, we will be showing love.

  • 1 Peter 4:8

The idea of agape love is putting the needs of another above ourselves. Agape love is to be exercised one to another. We have to learn to overlook the shortcoming of others. It's easy to focus on the negative things, but we must overlook those things. Without brotherly love, we cease to function as a family and we don't show ourselves as those who love Christ.

If the world looks at a congregation and sees nothing but fussing and fighting, we do not show the love of Christ. No one wants to be part of a church that has no love for one another.

  • John 13:34-35

Love is the evidence of our faith.

Brotherly Love Leads to Unity in the Church Family

  • 1 John 3:14

If we don't practice brotherly love, sacrificial love, and agape love, we are not showing the love of Christ. We're to have both brotherly love, Philadelphos, and Agape, sacrificial love for one another. Agape, is sacrificial love, and Philadelphia is brotherly love, brotherly kindness, we're to have both kinds for one another.

There is unity between us because of our devotion and relationship with God. There is certainty in joy.

  • Ephesians 4:14-16

Brotherly love is building one another up in love. We're treating one another with love and respect. And, we're doing the things that edify and help one another grow closer to God. Brotherly love is like the bloodstream of the body.

Where there is a lack of gladness, joy, and peace in the church we should have our love tested. Brotherly love, always, in every way possible, seeks to promote unity in the local congregation.

  • Romans 14:19
  • 1 John 3:16
  • 1 John 4:8-12

No man has seen God at any time. But God is seen when the love of God is seen in us.

  • 1 John 4:19-21

We see the need for brotherly love and treating one another as loving members of our family.

How Can We Promote Unity in the Church Family?

We sometimes in a family, complain, squabble, and fight. This can be true in the church as well. But, we want to avoid disunity in the church family. When squabbling happens in the family, it can lead to promoting disunity in the church.

  • Don't hold grudges for past slights and offenses.
  • Don't bad mouth one another.
  • Don't air grievances outside the family.
  • Don't be a respecter of persons, to form exclusive circles.
  • Don't assume motives rather than give the benefit of the doubt.

Healing Disunity in the Church Family

We need to let go of things that we find offensive and move on.

  • Luke 17:3-4

Rather than voicing negativity, we should pray.

  • Matthew 5:33-34

If we are to do this for our enemies, how much more for those in our church family?

  • Love one another
  • Forgive
  • Pray
  • Seek out friends - Proverbs 18:24
  • Use hospitality with one another - 1 Peter 4:8-9
  • Look for ways to serve those who can't serve you back.
  • Be willing to sacrifice what you want, or even need, on account of the needs of others. - Galatians 5:13-15
  • Practice the golden rule. - Matthew 7:12

We're to love our neighbors as ourselves. How do we want others to treat us? What do we want others to do for us? We seek those who have those needs and do it for them.

Brotherly love, and familial love, encourage acts of friendship, affection, and kindness. It leads us to correct, reprove and rebuke. It leads to greater growth and vigor in the Lord's church.

How has Christ lived? How has He shown us to live and treat one another? That's how we ought to live and treat one another. We need each other in the church. We need people we can trust with our troubles.

We're all making this journey to Heaven. But, we have to help one another, lean on one another, and at times carry one another as we help each other on our journey to Heaven.

We must let brotherly love be the core of

  • Ephesians 4:1-6

This is the basis of our unity. We're all called in one body, in one family, striving to help one another.

  • Colossians 3:12-14
  • 1 Corinthians 12:12-13

Every part of the body has to do its part for the body to function. The same is true of the church when every member is striving to help one another go to Heaven.

Paul, says, those who are of his nationality, the Jews, his brethren, to go to Heaven.

  • Romans 10:1

We ought to seek for all our family to go to Heaven.

The way to go to Heaven is to believe in Jesus Christ, repent of our sins, confess Jesus as the Son of God, be baptized for the forgiveness of sins, and be added to the family of God. Then, we can act as brothers and sisters to one another and help each other to go to Heaven.

This is why we are called out of the world, and set aside for God, to help each other to go to Heaven.

If we can assist you in coming to know the love of God, and the church, please contact us.

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