Summary: We are not just servants, we are not just friends. We are much more. The Scriptures are clear. We children of God Himself. Welcome to the Family.

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For Those Not Familiar with an Anglican Service there are four Scripture Readings that proceed the Message. Today's Readings were Genesis 28:10-19; Psalm 139:1-11,22-23; Romans 8:12-25 and Mathew 13:24-43

A young man entered the movie theater loaded down ......with popcorn, drinks and candy.

As the lights dimmed .....he began to pace up and down the aisle, ....scanning all the darkened rows.

It was obvious .....he was looking for The people ..... with whom he had come.

After three or four unsuccessful trips up and down the aisle, .....he finally stopped and asked loudly, ....... "Does anybody here recognize me?" (Pause)

We all want to belong.

We all want to be known by others.

We all want to know that someone .....out there..... cares about us.

We have a need to be part of something... to belong.

We have a need ..... to be...... in community.

That is how we are wired. ......

It is the way God created us.

We are meant to be in community with one another.

God created both Adam and Eve ....... so man would not be alone; they would ..... support, nurture and care ......for each other.

The first thing Jesus did when he began his ministry was to gather a small circle of friends.

A group who would eventually become .....the leaders ....... of the church.

Yes, Jesus needed to train them, but they also became a community... they were close to one another.

In fact ....At the Last Supper,..... he told them all, "I no longer call you servants, . . . now I call you friends." (John 15:15)

Beloved..... We are not just servants, we are not just friends. We are much more... the Scriptures are clear..... We children of God Himself.

Our text from Romans puts it this way BIBLE "All who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, 'Abba! Father!' it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ." END (Romans 8:14-17)

Paul says, "you have received a spirit of adoption..... we are children .....of God."

In the Kingdom of God, .....there are no orphans there are no step-children.

Through Christ Jesus, we are ..... children of God.

And that is an amazing truth!

You can almost feel the incredible joy that the apostle John felt as he wrote these words: BIBLE "Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called ...... children of God!" END (1 John 3:1a).

How utterly amazing it is..... that the God of the universe would make us his children.

You have received a spirit of adoption..You are a child of God.

Now "Adoption": Is a term that is often misunderstood in scriptures.

The doctrine of adoption has a twin truth...they go together..... They are inseparable.

The first truth is...... regeneration .......that is the experience of...... new birth.

You know about .....the new birth:

Jesus stated clearly.... "you must be born again".

And when a person accepts Christ as their Lord and Savior....., they are ..... born again.

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