When I was a kid I often fought with my older sister. Even though she was three years older than me I knew how to push her buttons and rile her up. One day as I landed a whole host of verbal haymakers I could see she was on the brink of tears. Just before I was about to declare victory, she looked at me in a calm but cold manner and said these words “Ya know, Mom told
me that you were adopted” then she added “and don’t forget that if we adopted you into our family, we can adopt you out of our family”. Now none of that was true but I believed it was and moments later it was me not she who was on the brink of tears. Why did my sister say that I was adopted and why did that upset me? The answer is that I like many of us grew up thinking that adoption was a bad thing or at least we grew up thinking that joining a family through adoption wasn’t as good (or as permanent) as joining a family through physical birth.
God views adoption as a compliment and not an insult and His Word repeatedly presents adoption as a really good thing, not a really bad thing. What’s so great and so important about adoption? What does every follower of Jesus need to know about adoption and how does it impact your view of and relationship with God? Join us this Sunday as we answer those questions. As we hit week two of our awesome series called “Come Together: Building Community in the Midst Of Chaos”, Pastor Chad, Pastor Jimmy and “Pastor Me”, will be sharing four powerful principles from God‘s word (and our experience) on how to build a family!
I hope you have a super Saturday and that you and your crew join us on Sunday. It’s going to be a wonderful weekend at North Ridge so be sure to invite a friend. Since this will be Veterans Day weekend, we also will be recognizing our veterans in our services. Can’t wait to “Come Together” with you in 48 hours and see how God is going to reach us and teach us.
Sure Do Love You,
P.S. If you have an old bike that’s not being used, bring it by North Ridge this week as we will be donating them to foster kids in our area through “Recycle Your Bicycle!” Everyone can do a little something!
Some Of This Coming Week’s Scripture Passages: (Your One-A-Day Vitamin)
Ephesians 1:4-6 For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will— to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves.
Deuteronomy 24:19 When you reap your harvest in your field, and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it; it shall be for the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.
John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name,
Romans 8:14-17 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory.
Romans 8:22-26 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
Galatians 4:4-6 But when the set time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are His sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”
John 14:18, “I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you.”