Adoption! Orphan Sunday at Restore Church

First, I want to say a big “thanks” to Mike and Clete for letting me share some of what God has done in the life of my family. I’ll be honest – I did not expect the Spirit to move in the powerful way he did this Sunday. I was ashamed of myself for doubting that, but so encouraged to see the soft hearts of this church family.

Just a quick recap for those who were not able to be there…

The first Sunday in November has been set aside by many churches as “Orphan Sunday.” On this particular Sunday, churches seek to raise orphancare/adoption awareness. I’m excited to think that this is but the first of many that we will have at Restore!

The long and the short of what I talked about was this: THE GOSPEL! The gospel is what drives proper action regarding orphancare and adoption. I took some time to share one aspect of why adoption is something believers should be involved in. Ephesians 1:3–6 shows us that God’s plan, from the very beginning, was to adopt a people for himself:

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.

According to verse 5, God’s “plan A” was to adopt a people to himself. He was going to take a group of people who hated him, and make them part of his family. He was going to take a group of people who he owed nothing, and make them sons and daughters. Adoption was God’s plan from the very beginning.

The way in which God has adopted believers into his family should serve as a huge reason to be involved in orphancare and adoption. After seeing how God has treated me… how can I not find a way to show that to those who look at my family? When people look at my family, I want them to see the gospel. When people ask me about my family, I want to answer every question with the gospel! When people ask me why I wanted to take a little boy who was not part of my family and make him part of my family… I want to answer with the gospel! Adoption in the gospel was “plan A” for God, and I want to see more believers see adoption as “plan A” for their family.

I also wanted to issue a prayer challenge to Restore Church:

  • Pray that God would break our hearts over the Gospel.
  • Pray for the orphans and vulnerable people in our community and around the world.
  • Pray for those who care for orphans and vulnerable people in our community and around the world.
  • Pray that God would give Restore Church a vision for how we can be a part of the orphan answer in our community.
  • Pray that God would mobilize Restore Church to become a part of the orphan answer in our community.

I wanted to also share some resources that I have found helpful in reclaiming a God centered approach to orphancare and adoption (if you only buy a few, I would encourage you to purchase the first 3 listed:

Adopted for LifeOrphanologyReclaiming AdoptionFields of the FatherlessThe Hole in our GospelKnowing God

At the end of my little “sharing” time, we watched a short video that centered around the fading hope that many orphans face. Please watch it and think of the hopeless state that you were in before God saved you. Many orphans struggle with the most fundamental of human desires: relationship. Could the Spirit be pressing your heart today about becoming more involved? I hope so! It would be exciting to see more believers live out the generosity of the gospel by opening their homes and families to those who have no home and no family. Please pray along with Restore that God would move in the hearts of the many to help “the least of these.”

By Peter Ashmore 

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