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Series: Adoption: The Heart and Goal of the Gospel

Adoption: The Heart and Goal of the Gospel, Part 1

The Significance of the Doctrine

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Speaker: Ben Wikner

Text: 1 John 3:1

Adoption is not merely a grand illustration, nor a lofty doctrine, but a profound spiritual reality for believers - the fullest, richest picture of God's eternal purpose.

Adoption: The Heart and Goal of the Gospel, Part 2

A Biblical-Theological Overview of Adoption in Scripture

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Speaker: Ben Wikner

Text: 2 Corinthians 3:18

God made man to enjoy fellowship with him as a son would his father, but the fall impeded that relationship. Redemption accomplished what God intended in creation: to give true and full sonship to mankind through adoption.

Adoption: The Heart and Goal of the Gospel, Part 3

A Survey of Key Texts on Adoption

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Speaker: Ben Wikner

Text: Ephesians 1:5

Scripture everywhere speaks from a fatherly perspective, and it reveals that God's eternal purpose for believers is fulfilled in adoption.

Adoption: The Heart and Goal of the Gospel, Part 4

The Transforming Power of Adoption

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Speaker: Ben Wikner

Text: 1 Peter 1:8

Seeing God as Father transforms our attitude, our motivation for obedience, our defense against temptation and our growth in holiness.

Adoption: The Heart and Goal of the Gospel, Part 5

The Spirit of Adoption: Confirming Our Identity in Christ

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Speaker: Ben Wikner

Text: Galatians 4:6

The Spirit helps us in our childlike weakness--to confirm our identity as sons of God and to conform us more and more into conduct becoming his sons.

Adoption: The Heart and Goal of the Gospel, Part 6

Changed Relationships Through Adoption

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Speaker: Ben Wikner

Text: 1 John 3:10

As children adopted by God, all our relationships change, including our relationships with other believers, with the world, and with sin and Satan.

Adoption: The Heart and Goal of the Gospel, Part 7

Adoption and Christian Parenting

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Speaker: Ben Wikner

Text: James 1:27

Adoption-informed parenting is gospel-shaped parenting. The more we understand biblical adoption the better equipped we will be for Christian parenting.

Adoption: The Heart and Goal of the Gospel, Part 8

The Prodigal Son: A Case Study on Adoption

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Speaker: Ben Wikner

Text: Luke 15

This is a story of two rebellious sons: one unrighteous and one self-righteous. Both reveal the tendency towards relating to the Father as indentured servants instead of as sons.