Monday, March 19, 2007

Team Meeting and John Piper

Our Mexico Team had a great lunch meeting yesterday. Dave Puncochar took some time to explain different nuances of the Latin American culture to us. His main point was that, in general, Latino families are incredibly close-knit from generation to generation. Entire multi-generational families rear chidlren together, so it should be shocking to us that an orphange exists in Mexico. In essence, the family unit has broken down and abandoned these children. Because the culture is so focused on family, these children have a heavy load to bear in being orphans in such an environment. Most children have many relatives to love and care for them.

These children have no family, but praise be to God for the staff and supporters of the Ranch. They are family to these children. They are taking them on a path to their heavenly Father. We prayed yesterday that our team would incarnate Christ to the kids and adults.

Below are the main points of a sermon given by Dr. John Piper on adoption. Dr. Piper is himself an adoptive father and his church runs foundations that assist in adoption funding. The points are simple and speaks to specific objections people raise againts adoption, i.e. hardship, expense, etc.

"Taking Galatians 4:4-8 and Romans 8:14-17 as his main texts, Piper demonstrates eight similarities between God's adopting of us and our adopting of children.
  1. Adoption was for God, and is for us, costly (Gal. 4:4-5; Gal. 3:13).
  2. Adoption did for God, and does for us, involve the legal status of the child (Gal. 4:4-6).

  3. Adoption was blessed, and is blessed, with God's pouring out a spirit of sonship (Gal. 4:6).

  4. Adoption was for God, and is for us, marked by moral transformation through the Spirit (Rom. 8:14).

  5. Adoption brought us, and brings our children, the rights of being heirs of the father (Gal. 4:4-6; Rom. 8:16-17; 1 Cor. 3:21-23).

  6. Adoption was for God, and is for us, seriously planned (Eph. 1:4-6).

  7. Adoption was for God, and often is for us, from very bad situations (Eph. 2:3).

  8. Adoption meant for all Christians, and means for parents, that we suffer now, and experience the glory later(Rom. 8:22-23)."

You can listen to the message by following the link below.

HT: Justin Taylor