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the same close family relationship with the Father as Jesus has.


WE HAVE A RIGHT


given TO CALL GOD “FATHER” 1 Jn 3:1-3


sons.


THE FATHER IS A PERSON


In the prayer we refer to God as “who?” Our Father is a person. He is interested


in us. He wants to share his life with us. The Father wants us to share our lives with him.


HEAVEN IS down. the


with God.


confess that Jesus is Lord.


COMPLETE UNION WITH GOD


In the Lord’s Prayer we say that the Father is “in heaven.” Heaven is not up or


Heaven is a word we use to talk about complete union we will one day have the Father. Heaven is the kingdom of In this kingdom all men and women


In this kingdom everyone and everything are under


the rule of God. Heaven begins in us as we begin to allow Jesus to be the Lord of our lives. We will enjoy heaven fully, when we are completely united with the Father after death.


SCRIPTURE FOR CHAPTER EIGHT Acts 8: 1-8 The church grows Footnotes:


8: 1 All were scattered…except the apostles…this observation leads some modern scholars to conclude that the persecution was limited to the Hellenist Christians and that the Hebrew Christians were not molested, perhaps because their attitude toward the law and temple was still more in line with that of their fellow Jews. Whatever the facts, it appears that the Twelve took no public stand regarding


Because of our baptism we have been the right to call God “Father.” We are


invited to be close to him and to give our lives to him. When God looks on us God is


as pleased as when he looked on Jesus. He loves us as his favored daughters and


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