Who Are My Mother and My Brothers?

Passage:Mark 3:33-35

Preacher: Calvin Lane

Christianity is not a collection of ideas we can "tack" onto a fully formed person whose identity markers are found elsewhere. Instead, all those other identity markers -- nation, race, culture -- have to be transformed by being in Jesus Christ (dying and rising with him) or else left on the scrap heap. And when that conversion happens we find ourselves in a new family, one marked by grace. Life in this new family is marked by the cross (with which we are signed in baptism); we expect the cross in our lives as individuals and as the one Body of Christ. But we also expect resurrection.