Following up from two Sunday’s ago sermon on adoption, I wanted to share some resources with you all.
Resources mentioned in the sermon:
Song: Richly Loved by Wright Family Music (Free download)
This is the song written by a couple which powerfully displays trust in the love our heavenly father in spite of heartbreaking circumstances like infertility.
A Judge taking a family through the commitments they are making in adoption
(Skip to 1:17)
A Father’s statement in the courtroom before adopting his children
Resources for a deeper understanding of spiritual adoption:
Chapters and Questions from the Westminster Confession and Catechisms
Westminster Confession of Faith Chapter 12
Westminster Larger Catechism Question 74
Westminster Shorter Catechism Question 34
Paul’s letter to the Galatians: Living in line with the truth of the gospel by Tim Keller
This resource was a great tool to help me to better understand what it means to live in grace. On the topic of adoption, I specifically recommend Study #7 (Children of God). We have a number of copies of the study already printed that can be found here at the office. If you want one, at no cost, let me know and I will set one aside for you.
Children of the Living God: Delighting in the Father’s Love by Sinclair Ferguson
This quote from the book was used in the sermon “Adoption is a declaration God makes about us. It is irreversible, dependent entirely upon His gracious choice, in which he says ‘You are my son, today I have brought you into my family.”
Resources for those considering expanding your family through adoption:
One result of considering the amazing truth of our adoption by our heavenly father is a greater appreciation for earthly adoption or even a sense of calling to adopt. Here are some things I would recommend if you feel led to consider this calling:
Connect: Uptown’s Adoption Ministry
If you are interested in meeting with someone at Uptown who has adopted, or you want to know more about upcoming adoption ministry events, we encourage you to reach out the head of Uptown’s adoption ministry Mary Kulp (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Read: Adopted for Life by Russel Moore
This well-written book balances the theology of adoption with a practical look at the call to adopt. Funny story: while Mary and I were on different pages to adopt or not, this book was planted in our house by our good friends Graham and Lisa Cosper and in the end, this resource played a significant role in our final decision to adopt.
Research: Adoption 101 Class offered by The Adoption Support Alliance
This 3.5-hour class is designed to help you start to process the call to adopt and then gives you tools to help explore that calling by pointing you in the right direction to answer some of the fundamental questions of adoption (from where, when, how much). ASA hosted a class just a few weeks ago, and they do not have their next class listed, but if you are interested, you can contact them at email@example.com.
I am praying these resources help you to better understand and live in light of your adoption.
Author: Rev. Dave Kulp