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Grace Baptist Adoption Ministry

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Thank you for visiting us to learn more about the Grace Baptist Church Adoption ministry.

This ministry only exists for the glory of God and the good of His people.  If we ever felt like it was not doing so, we would stop or reevaluate it.

Now that you are here, you have two options.  You can click on the logo above and it will take you directly to our official Child’s Soul web page, where you will find more information about us and the purpose this ministry serves, along with our mission statement.

Or you can read below about the theology behind adoption as a Godly calling and follow the other links to learn more about the doctrine and  practice of adoption.

OUR PASSION IS DIRECTED BY SCRIPTURE

Our passion for A Child’s soul comes directly from the Word of God. It is James 1:27. “Pure and undefiled religion” is religion that “is free from all falsehood and error,” free from all things sinful.  And where does sin and falsehood generate? From the heart of man. Therefore the most sinful thing we can do is have a focus on pleasing self (Jeremiah 17:9).  So, pure and undefiled religion is a religion that exists to take our focus off of ourselves and turn it somewhere else.

BUT Where? Where should our focus turn to?
Focus #1: “In the sight of God.” We desire to please no one before we desire to please God. To love God is recognize His presence in our lives. We live our daily lives before His watchful eyes. The exact opposite of self is the focus on the glory and the name of God (Matt.22:36-39)
Focus #2: The most natural outcome of focusing on the glory of God is to love others more than yourself.

So with that in mind, now we know the meaning of James 1:27. It is promoting Christ above self–and therefore it is promoting laying our lives down to love others just as He did.

That is what it means to have “pure and undefiled religion”…where? “In the sight of a Holy God.”

And we do not believe the act of adopting a child is necessarily Godly in and of itself, because we realize that people can even adopt children with a focus on self; to fulfill some sinful need they have, while turning away from God.  Adoption, or just children in general, can become an idol.  So that is not what we are promoting. What we are promoting is that out of the righteousness that we find in Christ alone, the overflow of that exists to serve others. And one way that the Bible calls us to do that is by “visiting the orphans in their need.”

And one portion of this sentence that is often overlooked but very important tot he meaning of the entire text is the word, “visit.” It comes from the Greek word, proneo, which means more than just sitting with someone as in a friendly visit. It literally means, ” to care for or look after, with the implication of continuous responsibility.”

Our adoption in Christ gives us a greater understanding of what adopting a child looks like. Think about what would have happened to us, if in our sin, Christ only stopped by for a short visit, and then left us alone. No, if He came to you, then He still caring for you…He has taken you on as His “continual responsibility.”

And Christ called us to imitate Him as dearly beloved children” (Eph.5:1)

And in Matthew 25, Jesus explained part of what it means to imitate Him, to love and give our lives to serve “the least of these.”

Matthew 25:35-40
‘For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36
naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? 38 ‘And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 39 ‘When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’

We, as a church, DO NOT believe that everyone is going to be called to adopt a child domestically or internationally. Nor do we believe that by adopting a child that you add anything to the saving work that belongs to Christ alone (Eph.2:8-9). However, we do believe that one way in which God has called some to imitate Him is through adoption. Beyond just adopting children ourselves, we all  have the opportunity to participate in the ministry of adoption. We can encourage and support those who are called to adopt. One of those ways is through A Child’s Soul.

OUR PRAYER FOR YOU

We pray that you will consider  supporting orphan care by either giving financially to A Child’s Soul or you will seek to adopt a child yourself.  In that case, that is why A Child’s Soul is a ministry of this church, to give grants that can provide some of the finances that are needed for both domestic and international adoption.

We would encourage you to click on the logo above if you are interested in partnering with our church and A Child’s Soul.

Please feel free to browse through all of the following resources that are here to encourage and challenge you as you seek how the Lord would call your heart to support biblical adoption.

A BIBLICAL HYMN ON ADOPTION

First we would invite you to read through this beautiful hymn written by Eric Schumacher & David L. Ward

Just click on the tile of this hymn below and it will take you the official website where this hymn and many more can be downloaded and listened to. The website is called Reformed Praise

Though I Was Born An Orphan
Though I was born an orphan,
Abandoned and alone,
Enslaved and bound in darkness,
Without a hope or home,
The God of grace and mercy
From his eternal throne
Ordained to be my Father
And claim me as His own.

That I might be adopted
The Father sent his Son
To live in full obedience
And die for what I’ve done.
Now through his resurrection,
Through faith, with him I’m one.
A member of his household,
I am an heir, a son.

To soothe my fear and worry
The Spirit from on high
Was sent to be a witness
That “Father!” I might cry.
O How I love this Father!
I’m never left alone.
He’s come to dwell within me
Until he calls me home.

Since I have this adoption,
I cannot close my home
To widows and to orphans,
Abandoned and alone.
Lord, fill me with compassion
To love the fatherless,
That I might show the nations
How great my Father is!

THE THEOLOGY OF ADOPTION

Next we would like to direct you to the heart and the theology of adoption. The links below are very helpful to understanding the biblical foundation for supporting and practicing adoption.

Why is it important that our theology drive our methodology? Read our church distinctive on what it means to be Bible Saturated

It is our desire to be thoroughly biblical in the totality of our lives. Our purpose, our methods, and our goals must be from sound, biblical teaching. We reject the modern concept that biblical goals can be achieved by man-centered, man-empowered methods. Our theology must dictate our methodology (Acts 5:29).

That is why we agree with the links below and consider them helpful to encourage both biblical thinking and living when it comes to the ministry of adoption.

We pray that these links have been helpful to you.  We only put links on this website that we agree with both theologically and methodologically.  Please check back on this site for more links in the future as we will seek to continue to add links as we find others that are helpful. Please visit our official Child’s Soul website for more information for how you can help our church spread Christ’s love through Adoption.