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Adoption in Christ (2 of 40)
Series: Emerge: Identity
Jesus Culture - Banning Liebscher
This week, we are going to be talking about one of the most important themes in the whole Bible: adoption. If we haven't experienced adoption outside of our adoption in Christ, it could be a bit difficult to capture the significance of this transition.
However, an experience common to almost every young person is the trials and tribulations of athletic team tryouts. Even if you participated in activities other than sports, no doubt you know the unnerving feelings of a playground selection process.
The selection process has ended in frustration for many people. But when you're picked to be on the team, you feel accepted and valued. Adoption is like being picked for Heaven's team!
It is vital for believers to understand the significance of adoption - we have been made members of God's heavenly family! This week, we're going to look at what adoption holds for us.
Main Scripture: Ephesians 1:5-10
Focus on verse 5 for connection in adoption.
Focus on verse 7 for transformation released through adoption.
Focus on verses 9-10 for purpose as children of God.
EQUIP: Adopted sons and daughters
Read Ephesians 1:5-10 and then focus on the observations and teaching points provided.
Teaching Point 1: Adoption brings connection.
- Adam and Eve became co-enemies with the devil (Gen. 3:4-7, Rom. 5:10). Humanity's true identity was stolen in the garden!
- Adoption uproots us from the enemy and plants us in God's family (Rom. 5:19). We have connection to God and His intentions (Gen. 1:26-30).
Think back to an experience you have had with tryouts for a team, job, or position in an organization. Was it a stressful experience? Why? Part of what makes tryouts so tough is the fact that another person's choice decides your opportunity.
Paul explains to the Ephesians that God ''predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself'' ...
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