At the core of who we are is family. We are sons of God. Jesus called us His brothers. When we are baptised into Christ, we’re baptised into His body and His family. God makes Himself known as Father and Son. This is the ultimate reality of how God extends Himself in the Earth. We are the family of God.
One can be a church member or part of the congregation and still not be connected to the spiritual family. It is in family relationships that we are nurtured and challenged and ultimately where we develop and mature. Being connected in family will determine that one doesn’t resist correction and run away without dealing with issues and missing God’s loving correction. Those who are just members of the congregation will often leave when they are challenged without growing, only to take their baggage with them to the next congregation that they ‘attend’.
God is dealing with this distorted understanding of church. He is challenging us to be connected in real life-giving family relationships, where we can be real, committed and accountable.