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Why Attend Adopting for Life Conference

by Dan Cruver Published Nov 25, 2009

Adopting for Life Conference

On February 26-27, 2010, Southern Seminary is hosting a conference on adoption entitled, “Adopting for Life.” They have put together a great list of general session and breakout session speakers.

Here are seven reasons why you should seriously consider attending:

Vertical adoption was invented before there was an earth for man to walk on. According to Paul, God marked us out for adoption as sons before He said His first “Let there be” (Ephesians 1:5). This reality is what prompted John Piper to say that adoption is bigger than the universe. If God thought adoption was worth thinking about before creating the world, it’s certainly worth a conference or two.

The human family owes its origin to the eternal fatherhood of God (Eph. 3:14-15). “We know, then,” Russell Moore writes, “what human fatherhood ought to look like on the basis of how Father God behaves toward us. But the reverse is also true. We see something of the way our God is fatherly toward us through our relationships with our own human fathers.” The “Adopting for Life” conference will explore these vertical-to-horizontal and horizontal-to-vertical movements of fatherhood and adoption.

The Son of God became Son of man so that we might receive adoption as sons (Galatians 4:4-5). If adoption was the objective of Christ’s redemptive mission, we would do well to make it the focus of a conference. Wouldn’t you agree?

The third person of the Trinity is called the Spirit of adoption (Romans 8:15). If Scripture refers to the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of adoption, certainly there’s strong warrant for attending a conference on adoption.

Adoption has cosmic significance. Just read Romans 8:23. If not only all creation, but we ourselves are waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, having a conference that considers it seems like a good idea.

The God who adopts us through Jesus Christ is a Father to the fatherless. He is the Father who cares for the orphan. Since God adopts us and cares for orphans, why not dedicate an entire conference (or three or four) to exploring this rich theme? Can you say, “No-brainer”?

God has called the church to care for our world’s 143 million orphaned and vulnerable children (James 1:27). As a Christian, the question you should answer is not “Should I participate in this mandate?” but “How should I participate?” That’s the question that the “Adopting for Life” conference will help you answer.

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