All part of God’s family

Thought for the week...

Have you ever been to a baptism (also called a Christening)?

We had a baptism last week, and I was struck again by the part in the service of baptism where everyone welcomes the newly baptised person into the church, saying: “We welcome you into the fellowship of faith; we are children of the same heavenly Father; we welcome you.”

That choice of words has been very carefully put together – it reminds us that being a part of the church isn’t about being in a ‘club’ or about being ‘worthy’ or ‘good’, but is about God loving us.

Everyone who is a member of the church is so because they are part of God’s family.

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God doesn’t want membership cards, or people who think they are better than others, but those who are willing to recognise their need of Him, and who long to be a part of his family

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