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"A Christian community such as a church is far more than a collection of individuals who have gathered together around a shared set of values, or some shared goals. We aren’t just brothers in arms in some fight against evil in the world. We are a family – sisters and brothers with Jesus, and children of God. We are partners with Christ in his mission to bring good news to all people, and we are the heirs of the promise that the dwelling place of God is with humans. Jesus dwells in our midst; he is our brother, and we are his family. And therefore who we are as the family of Christ matters, because it is through our familial relationships that Christ is made known. If we are dysfunctional, then we present a dysfunctional Christ. If we are anxious or destructive, then we present an anxious and destructive Christ."
From a sermon preached at Bloomsbury by Simon Woodman on 24 June 2018.
Listen to the sermon here: http://soundcloud.com/bloomsbury-1/the-familial-jesus
Read the script here: http://baptistbookworm.blogspot.com/2018/06/a-sermon-given-at-bloomsbury-central.html