Romans 8:15-17 says, “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.”
Scripture couldn’t be any clearer: believers are the children of God. That means that we, as a local church, aren’t just a congregation; we’re sons and daughters of God.
To join the family of God, you need only to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:8-9 makes the miraculous work of salvation abundantly clear: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
You may be asking yourself, “Well, what does it mean to be a part of this family?” Jesus has the best response to that thoughtful question:
Come and see.
“O taste and see that the LORD is good” (Ps. 34:8).