Fathered

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Fathered

We are dearly loved children of God and want to be those who really know and experience the love and acceptance of our perfect heavenly Father. We long for all to come to know Him and seek to rightly represent Him to others.

Key Verse

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are"    1 John 3:1                      

In the Bible God is revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This is a Holy mystery - three distinct persons - one God, The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit - eternal and outside of time in perfect relationship with one another. Out of that love relationship they chose to create men and women in their own image. We see a picture of God walking with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, much as a Father would walk and talk with His children, but as we know – they listened to a different Father – the Father of lies and relationship with God and each other was broken. What follows in the rest of scripture is the story of God making a way to reconcile His children to himself.

In the Old Testament there are references to God being a Father. He is the Father of the Nation of Israel, and referred to as the Father of the Fatherless in the Psalms – however it is not really until the New Testament that we see the Father revealed by His Son, Jesus Christ.

Jesus told His disciples that if they had seen Him, they’d seen the Father, that He and the Father were one. He spent time alone talking with His Father and said that He only did what He saw the Father doing.  Jesus taught His disciples to approach God as Father and He revealed the Father as the one who chose us, created us, loves us, nurtures us, protects us, provides for us, disciplines us, pursues us and gave His most precious Son to save us and restore relationship with us.

We come to the Father through Covenant relationship with His Son Jesus Christ. As the Bride of Christ, we become one with the Son, take on the family name and are adopted into the Father’s family – becoming joint heirs with Christ.

We want to be those who lay down our lives to become one with The Father, through relationship with the Son in the power of the Holy Spirit. As we become one with Him, we are united with each other and can be those who rightly present the Father’s love to the World.

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