The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. And if we are children, then we are heirs: heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ — if indeed we suffer with Him, so that we may also be glorified with Him. (Romans 8:16-17)
In 2017, the church in Mason, Ohio will study and focus on the incredible relationship we have with God as His children, the inheritance that comes with being in God's family, and the responsibilities each soul has as an heir of the kingdom. Our theme verse will be Hebrews 12:14.
We will strive for peace. As God's adopted children, we devote ourselves to good works--not as a means of obtaining His grace, but in response to the grace that's already been abundantly bestowed upon us. We seek to live peaceably with all while standing fast and firm on God's revealed truth. Ours is a charge to teach, encourage and help anyone seeking peace with our Father (Titus 3:1-11).
We will pursue holiness. As obedient children, we will imitate our Father and be as Christ-like as we can. It's not that we have to follow a checklist, but that we desire to be like the one who made us and who loves us. While this isn't the easiest lifestlye, it is the best and most pleasing to God (1 Peter 1:3-9, 13-16).
We will see God. Having our spiritual eyes enlightened, we work to see God in our lives every day. More than that, we live for Him with the sure hope that those faithful to Him will see Him for all eternity, living in His presence. To better understand such an inheritance (and the expectations for present living that come with it), we will study His word, apply it to our lives and know Him as much as we possibly can (1 John 2:28-3:10).