adoption

"Disciples Whom Christ Loves" (Jn 19:25-27)

Text: Jn 19:25-27
Series: Passion Week
Preached: 2016-03-20 at Phoenix URC, 5:30 PM.

John records an instance of Jesus' profound love for his family, so that that you might know how the Lord cares for all those adopted into God's household. As “disciples whom Christ loves,” we are expected and enabled to fulfill our duties toward our natural and spiritual family.

"The Father's Chosen Children" (Eph 1:1-14; HC LD 9, QA 26)

Text: Eph 1:1-14
Series: Heidelberg Catechism, LD 9, QA 26
Preached: 2016-02-14 at Phoenix URC, 5:30 PM.

Relating to God as our adoptive Father means trusting that we’ve been chosen to participate in his loving family, to be cared for as his children, and that we have a share in the inheritance which belongs to his natural Son, Jesus Christ.