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We Are Family

Posted: Monday, February 19

Pastor Jon Brooks // College &amp; Young Adult Pastor

Pastor Jon Brooks // College & Young Adult Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide

Leviticus 7:28-9:6
Mark 3:31-4:25
Psalm 37:12-29
Proverbs 10:5

Verse of the day:

Jesus replied, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” Then he looked at those around him and said, “Look, these are my mother and brothers. Anyone who does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” (Mark 3:33-35)

One of the amazing things that happens when one becomes a follower of Christ is they become a part of something bigger than themselves.


In Mark 3 Jesus’ ministry is beginning to take off. Jesus picks his disciples and he sends them out with authority to preach and cast out demons. This deeply confuses Jesus’ blood family so they say Jesus has lost his mind (verse 21) and they try to pull him aside to talk some sense into him. When people in the crowd tell Jesus that his family is looking for him he looks at his disciples and followers and says these people are his brothers and sisters; his family.


I grew up with two fantastic sisters but I always wanted to have a brother. I think I had the idea that if I had a brother he would have to be my friend for the rest of my life which seemed attractive at the time.


Proverbs 18: 24 tells us ‘One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.’ Where does one find such a friend? I have found many of these brothers in the church.


When you serve together, pray together, pursue Christ together and experience miracles and life change together there is an incredible bonding that occurs. Many people experience this when they go on a missions trip. It’s an intensive time of being on mission together and by the time the trip ends everyone feels like a family. But it isn’t necessary to go overseas, we can be on mission together right here in Milwaukee and develop the same bonds.


I thank God for my many friends that are closer than brothers. I have friends in our church whom I can ask for anything at any time and they will be there for me.  If you’ve not experienced that yet don’t give up; rather lean in. Join a serving team. Offer to pray for others and let them pray for you. Meet someone new each time you’re on campus. As you do you’ll be amazed at the family God builds around you.