January 26, 2016 | by: Michael Shafran | 0 comments
Adoption and Orphan Sunday - January 31, 2016. This Sunday is the 5th Sunday of the month. And as is our normal practice, we will gather together for "Family Church" on the 5th Sunday. That term "Family Church" got me thinking, what about people who have no family? What about orphans and widows? The answer is, the church is to be a family to them. In a call to obedience to James 1:27, this is not an option - "Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world."
We want to focus on adoption specifically how we can see how we first were adopted by God through the Gospel. The gospel isn't just "getting saved" but it is the very means by which we are adopted into God's family. This Sunday we will focus on Five Reasons to be Grateful for Adoption. In seeing this, we will understand how the believer's heavenly adoption (vertical) is the motivation to earthly adoption (horizonal). The gospel is the fuel that drives our gratitude and our mission to love others, the fatherless and widows, as we have been loved.
Below is a short video which Russell Moore explains what adoption is and the call for everyone to care for orphans. You may be surprised at what he says:
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