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Who should attend Conference 2008?

by Dan Cruver Published Aug 21, 2008

As all of you who frequent this blog know, we have our first Together for Adoption conference on November 1st. Over the past few weeks a couple people have asked me this question, “Who should consider attending your conference?” So I thought I would answer it here. Our conference is for anyone who has been adopted. In other words, if you are a Christian we want you to consider attending Conference 2008. Every Christian has entered God’s household through adoption (Ephesians 1:6; 2:19).

Our conference is first about vertical adoption (i.e., God adopting us in Christ). It is second about orphan care and horizontal adoption (i.e., couples adopting children). If you desire to learn more about what it means to be adopted by God, you will find this conference to be very profitable.  We are convinced that the more we think about God’s gracious provision of vertical adoption, the more we will see and appreciate His glory, grace, beauty, love, etc. Adoption is first about the glorious God of the universe coming to profoundly needy people in the person of His Son to give us the adoption as sons (Galatians 4:5Ephesians 1:5). When we grow in our understanding of who this God of grace is and what He has done to adopt us through Jesus Christ, we will find our love for and our pursuit of Him progressively increasing.  So, ultimately, we want to see people grow in their enjoyment of God as their Father to the “praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved” (Ephesians 1:6). If this kind of talk resonates with you, let us encourage you to consider attending our upcoming conference.  You will not be disappointed.

Even though our conference is first about vertical adoption, don’t think that orphan care and horizontal adoption will be a conference afterthought.  No, we believe that Christians who are deepening in their understanding of God’s gracious provision of adoption as sons will find themselves joyfully compelled to extend this same kind of compassion to orphans, both here and abroad. Christians who love the wonderful provision of vertical adoption will become increasingly passionate about “visiting orphans in their affliction” (James 1:27), whether through short-term mission efforts, humanitarian assistance, adopting a child, or assisting others in the adoption process in some way.  Certainly, God does not call every Christian couple to adopt, but He does call the church to care for orphans—adoption being one way that the church can fulfill this calling. 

So if you have been adopted by God and believe that God has called the church to care for orphans, let us strongly encourage you to prayerfully consider attending Conference 2008.  We believe that you will walk away from this conference better understanding why it is that vertical adoption is the highest blessing of the gospel, rejoicing afresh in God’s grace to you in the gospel, and joyfully motivated to act on James 1:27, both locally and globally.

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