Adopted

The idea of “adoption” or “sonship” is threaded through the New Testament, and it reminds us who and what we belong to. When we understand adoption accurately, it changes how we live and how we relate to God and to others. It offers us complete assurance of God’s love, fosters freedom from fear, and invites us to access the special relationship we can have with our Heavenly Father.

Teaching Notes

ADOPTED

In love he predestined us for ADOPTION to SONSHIP through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will...      Ephesians 1:5 NIV

His unchanging plan has always been to ADOPT us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave him great pleasure.      Ephesians 1:5 NLT

What does it mean to be a child of God? How does that reality change how we live?

Adopted means "to make you a son"

Being adopted into God’s family is the highest possible honor and the greatest privilege you will ever receive.

Four New Realities:

1. Living as a child of God gives you complete assurance of God’s love.
2. Living as a child of God fosters fearlessness.
3. Living as a child of God provides access.
4. Living as a child of God empowers you to handle hardship.

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