His life as a preacher’s kid has started early. Now, for the record, I did ask his permission before I used his story in my sermon Sunday. He grunted at me – which I took as a “yes” (two grunts are ‘no’). 😉
As some of you know, I am now preaching the fourth Sunday of every month – giving the church 12 weeks a year to bring ear plugs (at least they are not bring rotten veggies). 😛
No – in all seriousness, I am trilled to be able to share with the congregation and they are loving and kind. It is a blessing to be in a place where I can refine my public speaking abilities.
This past Sunday (four days ago) was a special day as it was the first time my Dad and Stepmom had the opportunity to hear me preach. They live down south and only get to visit every few years – this year, God worked things out nicely and they were able to be at church the day I was scheduled to share. Thank you Lord. 🙂
Returning to the sermon, it was a timely message drawn from Galatians 4, Romans 8 and Jadon’s life.
You can tell for sure that you are now fully adopted as his own children because God sent the Spirit of his Son into our lives crying out, “Papa! Father!” Doesn’t that privilege of intimate conversation with God make it plain that you are not a slave, but a child? And if you are a child, you’re also an heir, with complete access to the inheritance. –Galatians 4:4-7
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 8:16-17
Yelp I spoke about being adopted into the family of God.
The parallels are amazing! I which I could recreate everything here…but time is short and this post is getting long already.
Let us say that He did not just adopt us legally (i.e. forgiving our sins and giving us legal rights to inherent His grace) – NO!
He adopted us into the family – bonding with us as a child bonds to their parents (in adoption, bonding is the most important thing as it bring trust to both the parent and the child. Trust that the other is on your side – trust that you all love each other and are a family).
It was good. God is good. Thank you Lord.