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IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – March 12, 2020

IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – March 12, 2020

Children by Jodie Montgomery

 

Throughout the world, children are in need of care. Many see children as an inconvenience or they see themselves as incapable of parenting. This is heart wrenching.

 

His Body through local churches is uniting to increase awareness of children needing care. Pastor Reno at Idlewild oversees our foster care training and adoption resources. I know several families fostering and several more that have adopted as a result of fostering. Christian families are committing to serve specific foster families by providing supplies, meals, and child care as more children means added appointments and time demands on the family schedule. Fostering and adoption, committing to support a family that fosters are choosing to care.

 

Adoption is the term New Testament writers used to describe believers in Christ joining God’s family. The original family of God came through Israel’s representation of Yahweh. Believers of Jesus are identified as the spiritual seed of Abraham. Believers are mercifully granted divine sonship in Jesus. 

 

This is good news as the fall disrupted God’s family. Just as many children today are suffering from the destruction of the family, humankind needed a Savior to adopt them in, to undo the effects of sin on the relationship with the right Father. God chose the adoption process with you and me in mind.

 

In The Bible Unfiltered, Michael Heiser writes “The language of divine inheritance advances the Old Testament idea that humans were meant to be in the family of God. The New Testament writers thought in terms of “adoption,” “heir,” and “inheritance” to describe what the Church really is–the reestablished human family of God.” 

 

I’m thankful for a good Father and a church family in Him. I’m thankful for the testimonies of adoption in our congregation that remind us of God’s choice of us. God bless the family.

 

Ephesians 1:5-6 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.