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What We Believe...About Adoption

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Sermon shared by Larry Brincefield

March 2003
Summary: When we get saved, we are adopted by God to be a part of His family.
Denomination: Nazarene
Audience: Seeker adults
Sermon:
Larry C. Brincefield
larkayb@earthlink.net

Title: What We Believe...About Adoption
Text: Romans 8:15-17; Galatians 4:4-7

Introduction

We have been studying the Articles of Faith of the Church of the Nazarene. Article 9 contains 3 things that happen simultaneously when we get saved.

Justification--The divine exchange, whereby Jesus makes us "just as if we had never sinned" by taking our sins upon Him and putting His righteousness upon us.

Regeneration--Where God takes our old, dirty, sinful, lives; and makes us brand new!

And tonight we will study the 3rd thing that happens when we get saved--Adoption.

The Manual states, "We believe that adoption is that gracious act of God by which the justified and regenerated believer is constituted a son of God. We believe that justification, regeneration, and adoption are simultaneous in the experience of seekers after God and are obtained upon the condition of faith, preceded by repentance; and that to this work and state of grace the Holy Spirit bears witness." óNazarene Manual 2001-2005

Read Text: Romans 8:15-17; Galatians 4:4-7

Body

1. Slaves to Fear
Paul says, "you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear" Romans 8:15 (NIV)
There are many people who are slaves to fear.
5-year old Johnny was in the kitchen as his mother made supper.
She asked him to go into the pantry and get her a can of tomato soup,
but he didnít want to go in alone.
"Itís dark in there and Iím scared."
She asked again, and again he said he was scared.
Finally she said, "Itís OK--Jesus will be in there with you."
Johnny walked carefully to the door and opened it real slow.
He peeked inside and saw it was dark,
he turned to leave
when all at once an idea came to him
he said: "Jesus, if youíre in there, would you hand me that can of tomato soup?"
Charles Allen, Victory in the Valleys.
Iím sure we have all been afraid one time or another.
But I donít think this passage of Scripture is talking about the occasional fearful feeling that might hit us from time to time.
Romans 8:15 talks about being a SLAVE to fear.
Paul seems to be talking about more than just fear.
He is talking about sin.
He says, "you did not receive a spirit (small s) that makes you a slave AGAIN to fear"
When we get saved, and we are adopted,
we donít go back to our old life of fear and sin.
We leave that life that USED to enslave us in fear and sin...
and we are set free...

2. by the Spirit of Sonship (or "daughtership")
Thatís Spirit, with a big "S", which refers to the Holy Spirit.
Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can become Godís children
But we arenít natural born children...we are adopted.
Barclay shares some interesting facts about early Roman adoption.
And these would have been very much in Paulís mind; scholar that he was.
Adoptions werenít just done haphazardly.
They were taken quite seriously.
Let me share with you 4 interesting things about Roman adoption
First of all, the adopted person lost all rights in his/her old family
and gained all the rights of a legitimate child in his/her new family.
The adopted child got a new father.
it was legally binding...
performed before a Roman Official
Secondly, the adopted child became an heir to his new fatherís estate.
Even if there were natural-born children in the family;
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