THIS WEEK: WHO IS YOUR TRIBE?
NOTICE JESUS’ WORDS: “IN THE WORLD . . . BUT NOT OF IT.” (See also 1 Peter 2:10 and Ephesians 2:18-20)
John 17:13–23 (NIV) . . . 14I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. . . . 20My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. . . .
CHARACTERISTICS OF JESUS’ TRIBE (See also Romans 12:2)
Galatians 3:26–28 (NIV) 26So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
JESUS’ TRIBE HAS A COMMON FUNCTION: WE ARE THE BODY OF CHRIST.
Ephesians 2:8–10 (NLT) 8God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
WHAT DO I DO? (See Ephesians 4:11-16)
JESUS’ TRIBE HAS A COMMON MISSION.
Matthew 18:18-20 (NIV) . . .19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. . . .
1 Peter 2:1–10 (NIV) 1Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. . . . 9But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
THIS ANSWERS SOME QUESTIONS:
THEN, HOW SHOULD I LIVE?
IN THE TRIBE, THERE IS UNITY OF BOTH BEHAVIOR AND TRUTH (See also 1 Corinthians 1:10)
Ephesians 4:1–6 (NIV) 1As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
OUR “PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE” IS OUR FIRST PRIORITY (See also Matthew 6:9-13)
QUESTIONS TO DISCUSS IN LIFE GROUP OR WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Passages to consider: Ephesians 2:1-10, 19-22; 1 Peter 2:9-10