Preparing for Worship // November 18, 2018

Preparing for Worship // November 18, 2018

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Our culture has a strange fascination with orphans. If you were to take a step back and look at the media we consume every day, orphans are everywhere. Superman, Captain America, Batman (and Robin), Mowgli, Snow White, Rapunzel, Peter Pan and the Lost Boys, Elsa and Anna from Frozen, Harry Potter, Frodo Baggins, Cosette, Bambi, Huckleberry Finn, and Quasimodo were all orphans. Or, if fiction is not your thing, consider historical orphans whose stories we are captivated by: Babe Ruth, Jim Thorpe, Henry Ford, Queen Elizabeth I, Blaise Pascal, Isaac Newton, and Queen Charlotte (the namesake of Charlotte, NC)! Not to mention all the figures who had broken relationships with their parents (The Little Mermaid, Charlie Brown, every teenager ever). Why are we so interested in broken parent-child relationships?

We relate to all of these characters and figures because they reflect our spiritual state. We feel connected to them in their struggle. We long for a right relationship with our heavenly Father. He put this innate desire within us so that we can seek Him while He may be found. None of us have perfect fathers or are perfect fathers, but we can look to our great Heavenly Father who loves us. We can be comforted by our Father who adopted us. We can enjoy all the rights and benefits of being sons of the living God. Of all the fictional orphans mentioned above, one stands out as a picture of our spiritual state. Many are “American Dream” tales of overcoming obstacles and letting nothing get in the way of our goals and ambitions, but still end with brokenness and pain from their childhood. Only one is an adopted and loved child. Victor Hugo riddled Christ-figures throughout Les Miserables. Cosette is an adopted and loved child of Jean Valjean. He takes her out of the squalor of her situation and is immediately given all the benefits of being his daughter (this all happens on Christmas Eve just to make it abundantly clear that Valjean is the Christ-figure). God loves His adopted children and blesses them with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. He wraps His arms around you in a loving embrace, squeezes tight, and will never let you go.

THE WORD

Scripture: Galatians 4:4-7
Sermon: Adoption: The Privilege of Being God’s Sons

SONGS

Your Grace Is Enough (Matt Maher)
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A Child of the King (Christopher Miner)
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Love Constraining to Obedience (Shane Martin)
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Song of Preparation: Sing Over Your Children (Matt Maher)
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Song for the Supper: Communion Hymn (Hiram Ring)
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Song of Response: Good Good Father (Housefires)
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