This is the fifth week on our study in the book of Galatians at Imprint Church in Woodinville, WA. In our Freedom series, have laid out a number of statements that at the core of living as a Christian:
Freedom Statement #1: We are saved by grace and we must continually live by grace
Freedom Statement #2: In Christ, my past does not define my present or my future
Freedom Statement #3: The key to the Christian life is faith
Freedom Statement #4: Baptism is the Symbol of new life in Christ
Which brings us to this week’s message on Galatians 3:26-4:7…
Freedom Statement #5: In Christ, you can have a father who loves, approves, desires, values, and accepts you.
There were three goals to listen for in this sermon on the journey towards understanding what it means to be adopted by God. We have to know what it means, we have to feel what it means, and actually have to experience what it means. Knowing God as our Father may be one of the most revolutionary things that you will ever know, feel, and experience in this life.
Here are some of the lessons from our March 10th sermon at Imprint Church in Woodinville along with the time in recording where you can dive deeper into that topic.
(10:23) In Christ, you can have a father who loves, approves, desires, values, and accepts you.
(14:05) Know what it means to be adopted to God.
(23:01) Feel what it’s like to adopted by God.
(23:55) Being adopted means that someone actually chose you. God looked across the entire world and chose you! He “owes” us things a father owes his children.
(27:17) God as our father is the biggest benefit of our spiritual lives. Justification is forensic. Adoption is a family idea. “To be right with God the judge is a great thing, but to be loved and cared for by God the father is greater” (J.I. Packer)
(29:30) Experience what it means to be an adopted son of God.
Towards the end of the message, we watched a video that ties this idea of experiencing adoption into t a real world example. You can watch the video at http://ilikegiving.com/story/i-like-adoption/.
Generosity Group Questions
- Read Galatians 3:26-4:7
- What does it mean for you to be part of a family (or what does “family” mean to you?)? When the Bible says we are all one in Christ Jesus, what does that mean?
- What does it mean to live as a son of God? What difference does that make in your life? Why is it wonderful to be a child of God?
- Think about your relationship to your earthly father. How has or does your view/relationship with your earthly father influence your view of God as Father?
- Describe your concept of adoption. How do you feel about being adopted by God? Is this adoption something you experience as well as understand? If so, how?
- From Galatians 4:4-7, how do you know that God loves you? What has He done for you?
- Where do you tend to look to experience acceptance, belonging, or value? Is there a person whom you tend to look to for the security of the unfailing love & acceptance that you have already been given by your Heavenly Father? How can you find these things in Christ alone?
- Share a couple ways that you will specifically apply the truth that you learned from Galatians 3:26-4:7 this week.
If you weren’t able to join us for church in Woodinville, you can listen to the podcast of the sermon or watch the recording on YouTube.