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Join Hope for OrphansWhite Horse Inn, and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary October 4-5 in Louisville, Kentucky for our first annual Together for Adoption Conference for Pastors and Adoption | Orphan Care Ministry Leaders. Our hope for this unique conference is to contribute to the recovery of the theology of Adoption within the Church.

Why is the recovery of Adoption within the Church important?

  • Adoption’s recovery would enable us to express the forensic character of the Gospel (i.e. we are declared righteous through faith in Christ) without neglecting its familialcharacter (i.e. we are loved by the Father in the Beloved Son). In Adoption the forensic and familial elements of the Gospel ‘live and move and have [their] being’ together.
  • Adoption showcases both what we have been saved from and what we saved to. Once we were “sons of disobedience” and “children of wrath” (Ephesians 2:1-3), but now we are sons by Adoption (Ephesians 1:4-5). Although we were once the lost sons of Adam and under the just wrath of God, we are now in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:6) with a future as marvelous and as sure as the incarnate Son’s (Romans 8:12-30). Scripture’s teaching on Adoption enables us to better articulate both what we were in Adam and what we are now in Christ. The more we embrace and proclaim what the theology of Adoption teaches about what we were and what we are now as sons in the Son, the more our experience of the gospel will be revolutionized within our churches.
  • We also believe that nothing can mobilize churches to carry out the practice of true religion (“visit orphans and widows in their affliction” – James 1:27) like a robust understanding of our Adoption through Christ. Scripture’s story of Adoption is the story of God visiting us in our affliction (Romans 8:3-4, 18-23)—like He visited His son Israel in his affliction (Exodus 4:31)—in order to deliver us from it. Therefore, ultimately, we visit orphans and widows in their affliction because God first visited us in ours. If any group of people should be passionate about visiting orphans in their affliction, it should be the children of God. There is no other group of people that should be more easily mobilized to care for orphans. Period. Visiting orphans in their distress mirrors what God has done for us in ours.

If you are a pastor, pastor’s wife, seminarian, or a church adoption and orphan care ministry leader, consider joining us for this unique conference as we work toward the recovery of Adoption and explore its implications for church life and practice.

Registration

Early Bird Regular: $89 per person
Spouse: $49
Seminarian/Student: $49

Learn more about the conference. Make sure you take a look at the excellent breakout sessions we are offering!

  • http://www.chrisjulien.wordpress.com/ Chris Julien

    I am very excited about this conference! I hope to attend, if I can scrape together the funds and skip classes for a few days- all worth it to hear speakers on such a vital topic for our time! As I think more about the doctrine of adoption, it turns up in many places when I least expect it: reading from chapter 10 of “Indwelling Sin” by John Owen, as he discusses the deceit of sin as it seeks to draw the mind away from its due consideration of the love and kindness of God:

    “And it is the same consideration which the apostle manages to this purpose, ‘Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God’ (2 Cor. 7:1). The receiving of the promises ought to be effectual, as to stir us up unto all holiness, so to work and effect an abstinence from all sin. And what promises are these? -namely, that ‘God will be a Father to us, and receive us’ (2 Cor. 6:17-18); which comprises the whole of all the love of God toward us here and to eternity.”

    From the Word of the Lord, explained by the writing of Owen- the whole of all the love of God toward us here and to eternity is summed up in the promise that God will be a Father to us and receive us. Amen!

  • Dan Cruver

    Amen, Chris! Some great thoughts.


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