Adopted into God’s Family

How God becomes our Father.

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Overview
All of us know people who either have been adopted or have adopted children. We rejoice when we see a warm, accepting relationship in families united not by blood but by love. Yet we may fail to recognize the spiritual analogy: how this process illustrates how God becomes our Father. This study will help us to see the joy and privilege of being adopted into God’s family.

Table of Contents

SCRIPTURE: Exodus 2:1–10; Esther 2:5–7; 4:15–16; 7:1–3; 8:1–6; Matthew 6:25–34; John 1:12–13; Romans 8:16–17, 38–39; Galatians 3:26–4:7; Hebrews 12:5–11; 1 John 3:2

LEADER'S GUIDE

    • The Issue

Sample questions:

How is adoption more than simply a legal procedure?

How does human preconditions differ from God’s willingness to adopt us?

    • The Scriptures

Sample Scriptures:

Galatians 3:26–4:7: How does God’s adoption differ from the adoptions of the New Testament?

Matthew 6:25–34: Believers, as God’s children, are under his fatherly care.
    • The Application

Sample application questions:

How should our relationship to God affect our identification?

If we are all equally children of our Father, how should that affect relationships with our spiritual siblings?

ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY

    • When God Adopts, by David V. Andersen

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