What Family Life Looks Like?


Introduction:

In our core and foundational beliefs article, we discuss what it means to know and trust in Jesus, as well as some basic principles regarding key aspects of following Jesus together.  In this article, we will seek to address how a Family would function.  To understand why the disciples of Jesus seek to share our lives together, see the articles entitled, How Should the Followers of Jesus Live our Lives and What is Love? Let's listen to Jesus to find out.

Once a person comes to the place of being rejected by the world and thus starts to look for other disciples to share his Life with (love), and to do the work of the King, they are ready for Family Life.  As you will see, rejected by the world is very different than 'community shopping'.

We will assume that another disciple or disciples have a base they are looking to share with other disciples.  A base is essentially a property with shelter (housing) which can support the follower's of Jesus as they work for the King.  The reason we call it a base instead of a house or our property or some other such label, is because "base" communicates a lack of permanence.  The purpose of the base is simply to support disciples of Jesus materially as they walk along the narrow Way.  It is a place where they can go to be sheltered from the hatred of the world; a place where they can experience the love of their Father through other of His children; a place where they can rest or be refreshed; a place where they learn more about their King through other more experienced or mature disciples; a place where they can go out from to do the work of the King.  In short, our Home is with our Father, while our home in this world is with other disciples, no matter where they are.

The Little Flock:

To understand what the Flock or Family looks like, let us contrast the "base" concept with a bible based or "christian community".  First of all, let us be clear that a bible based or christian community in the U.S.A. is distinct from what people call "the church".  "The church" is merely a religious organization or religious social club with virtually no serious effort of the people to actually share their lives.  The christian religious organization is simply a place people go to perform their rituals, sing songs they call worship, and have their beliefs affirmed a few times a week.  The people who make up the "church" spend the majority of their time pursuing material things, 'careers' and working for mammon - the people are not proclaiming Joshua/Jesus as the solution to humanity's/people's problems.  The religious organization's members live lives that are indistinguishable from the materialistic agnostics which fill the U.S.A. today.  They make no serious effort to share anything, and have no desire to share their possessions, let alone their lives.  You will know they are christians by their religious organization attendance or by their bible knowledge.

In contrast to "the church", the bible based or christian community is trying to manifest the accurate definition of "community".

The definition of a "community" is a group of people living in close proximity, sharing resources to some extent, and working together for common purposes and goals.  Communities vary as to the depth of the peoples relationships.  Typically, if the people of the community share some high priority - like physical survival (most small villages in materially poor nations); people persecuted for political reasons; or what they view as very important work (many religion based communities, eco-communities, etc.) - then the relationships - or friendships - among the people will be deeper or at least more stable.

Christian communities vary widely, and they are generally a bit less materialistic than "the churches".  They usually have some component of sharing material things, and the people who make them up generally are  more involved in each other's daily lives than "the churches".  If these characteristics of an individual involved in the community are faith manifested characteristics, then that individual is to be commended for acting on the faith they have.

However, christian communities are significantly different than the disciples of Jesus forming a little flock or Family.  Let us look at some of the major differences.

Bible-based community (BBC) leadership...

Versus Jesus Flock (JF) leadership:

BBC spiritual or religious learning...

Versus JF spiritual learning:

BBC material sharing...

Versus JF material sharing:

BBC join reason...

Versus JF join reason:

BBC main works...

Versus JF main work...

BBC religious activities...

Versus JF lack of religious activies:

 

To sum up, a little flock of the Light will act like a functional natural family.  We believe we have the same Father and thus we will actually try to act like it!  The term "brother" and "sister" will be backed up a by daily life of caring for each other, actively aware of our common Father.  We will share all that we possess, including our houses-shelters and will not be "looking for our own space" - code language for selfish living.  Our purpose, hope and work will be the same as we will be in unity about such important matters, and our DAILY lives will reflect it.  We will not be lazy, selfish people who have little concern for doing what is right or being a servant to others.

Conclusion:

The differences and distinctions between a bible-based community and a Flock or Family of Jesus should be clear to the reader at this point.  If they are, then you just might have ears to hear, and now you must do something with the truth you have just heard.

If your 'spiritual life' in comprised of 'going to church' a few times a week, then you have heard the truth in this article, which truth shows the shallowness, loveless-ness and bankruptcy of that "life" / ritual (see Is 'Going to Church' Compatible with the Teachings of Jesus of Nazareth?).  You now have a choice before you - a fork in the road has been pointed out to you - so what are you going to do with it?  Start down the narrow Way, or stay on the broad way?

If you are a member in a bible-based community, you too have a choice to make.  There is something MUCH better than what you have been experiencing.  Instead of bringing churchianity, bible-anity, meeting-anity and the american way of life to a community, you can instead be a part of a group of people who have one focus only...to love our Father back by doing what the Son says ONLY.  If you are consistently bringing Jesus' truths to the people of the community, then you should be on your way out anyway.  Or if you have at least been consistent with some faith based desire, that is often enough to get you put out as well!

Perhaps you are by yourself due to your trying to listen to Jesus and thus seeing the darkness of the world (particularly the religious world) around you, and you have made every effort to not compromise your faith.  You need to try and find another disciple to love, for if you don't, then this very important teaching of the Light cannot be manifest in your life:

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:34-35)

If you so desire, it would be our blessing to receive you and walk along the narrow Way with you!

For each person reading this article, don't worry, the Father has a place for you with one of his Son's little flocks!  However, you must listen to the Light and do what he says in order to find one.

If you are interested in coming to join us, please see these two pages:

A Call to Family!

Welcome...

Peace to you!


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