We're Family... - Wellington First Assembly

Wellington First Assembly

326 W Botkin Lane, Wellington Kansas ........Family Faith Lessons - 9:30 AM........ Sunday Worship - 10:30 AM


Sunday, April 30, 2017

We're Family...

Look around!  There’s a good chance you are sitting next to someone who might be a member of your family.  If not a family member, there’s a good chance it’s someone who has been a friend for a while.
Do you remember the first time you met them?  If you’re a kid looking at your parents, maybe it’s an early memory of being pushed on the swing set at the park on a lazy summer afternoon.  If it’s your spouse – maybe it’s when you first saw that vision of beauty walk past you in high school – before you even knew their name!  Maybe you see a friend – that you’ve known since you cruised up and down the boulevard in your tricked-out Chevy decades ago.

There was a time before you were family, you said, "Hi my name is…."  There was a time when you first uttered the words "dada" or "mama."  There was a time when you were strangers.  But now you are family.  We are family!

Today we begin a new series – No Longer Strangers.  Over the next several weeks, we will be exploring the book of Ephesians.  This letter to the church at Ephesus was written by the apostle Paul, probably somewhere around the year 62 AD.  Paul is writing this while under house arrest and awaiting trial in Rome.  He’s toward the end of his career.  The missionary journeys are over.  This may be one of the more peaceful times of his life – as now, 30 years after the death and resurrection of Christ, he is able to be more reflective, more persuasive.  He writes his letters to the church in Philippi and Colossae, he writes a letter to Philemon.  And he writes to the church at Ephesus.  Ephesus was a place of memories for Paul.  Ephesus was considered the capitol of the Roman province in Asia.  It had all the amenities of a modern Roman city.  Running water, flushing toilets, sports venues, large civic centers, arts and entertainment.  After a rocky start – involving a riot or two – Ephesus had been his home town and his home church.  From here, he had based his missionary journeys.

He had entered the town many years earlies as a stranger, but the people there soon became like family.  They had adopted him and he had adopted them.  Together they had been adopted into God’s family.