Doesn’t it feel sometimes like our world is so broken that we could never make a real difference? That no matter how much we try, the bad always outweighs the good in the world. The truth is that while you might not be able to change the world, God could use you to change somebody’s world. As we begin this new series Adopted, we look at how God uses the picture of adoption to describe His relationship with us. That when we were orphans, God adopted us and made us His own. As we go through this series, we will see why God chooses to adopt people and what purpose He has planned for this He adopts.
So far this series, we've looked at how God has used the picture of adoption to describe His relationship with us and we've looked at our responsibility to look out for those who are most disadvantaged. In week three of this series, Pastor Brian talks about why God wanted to adopt us. To rescue us is one thing but to adopt is something different. Why did God choose to do this and how does this change how you interact and see God in your life? Adoption changes everything. We are now considered family and have all the rights and responsibilities of family members. But at the end of the day, it's your choice whether you live like a family member or not.Watch Message
Adoption might be one of the most beautiful and powerful expressions of love that we know. To choose to love another, to make them your own, and to allow yourself to be inconvenienced so that you can make their life better. It's no wonder that God uses this metaphor to describe His relationship with us. While we were distant from God, with nothing to offer Him, He chose to pay a price in order to adopt us into His family. In the first week of this series, Pastor Sean talks about how not everyone is God's child. Adoption is something that is offered to all, but not something that everyone accepts. Find out what it means to be adopted by God and what God has planned for you if you are already adopted by God.Watch Message
After looking last week at the picture of adoption that God uses to describe His relationship with us, we look at what role God has asked us to play in defending the weak and helping those who are most disadvantaged. We see in James 1:27 that the purest form of religion in the sight of God is the care of orphans and widows and refusing to allow the world to bring you back to the things you once worshipped. In just our state alone, there are 10,000 children in the foster care system and about half of them are in group homes. Pastor Sean talks about how you might not necessarily be in a position to foster or adopt, we know from the Bible that God calls His followers to not turn a blind eye to the problem and do something! Find out in this week's teaching how God might be asking you to step out and advocate for those most disadvantaged.Watch Message