Four ways the church is like a big family

Jason Farr

My dad’s side of the family is pretty close. We eat a big family meal at Thanksgiving and take a vacation together every year after Christmas. I grew up with this dynamic so I’m used to it. But when one of my cousins got married, her husband was a tad overwhelmed by our big, close family.

His entry into the family caused me to see my family in a whole new way, and that's when I realized: What we experience in family relationships is not that different from what we experience in the church.

Four Ways The Church Is Like A Family

1. We're joined together by something greater than our personal preferences or life circumstances.

We don’t get to choose our family, and similarly, we don’t get to choose our church family. We are made God’s children through the Holy Spirit the moment we are saved (Romans 8:15-17). Families are bound by blood, just as Christians are bound by the blood Jesus shed on the cross for us.

2. We have our own traditions and celebrations that are passed down from generation to generation.

My family has traditions for every major holiday. Dad always carves the turkey. Grandma makes sweet potato pie, and we always watch "A Christmas Story" on Christmas day. It’s almost a ritual. Likewise, the church has traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation. The Lord’s Supper, or communion, is a great example. For thousands of years, the Church has celebrated communion to remember that Jesus died for our sins on the cross (Matthew 26:26-28).

3. We don't always get along, but that doesn't stop us from having each others' backs.

Brothers and sisters fight. They get mad at each other, especially during the holidays. But if our siblings get hurt by someone else, we get protective. This happens in the church, too. We are going to make mistakes, and we choose to love each other enough to hold each other accountable for our behavior. That’s having each other’s back.

4. We get fed constantly, whether we're hungry or not.

Every mom wants to make sure you’ve been fed. It doesn’t matter if you just had your second helping at a holiday dinner or not, they will make sure you got enough. Your church family wants to serve you in the same way at church. From devotionals to serving to groups and Sunday gatherings, there are a number of opportunities to be spiritually fed and grow in your relationship with Jesus.


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