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Orphans and the Glory of God, Pt. 3

June 5, 2016 Speaker: Brent Small

Topic: Orphan Passage: John 15:9–15:17

In this sermon podcast on John 15:9-17, Pastor Brent offers commands that lead to joy and motivate God’s people to care for orphans.

What are the biblical motivations that compel God’s people to care for orphans through adoption and other ministry strategies? The New Testament does not command the believer to adopt or even care for the orphan. However, Scripture provides compelling reasons that move the believer to consider orphan care.

The most natural motivation for Christians to adopt children lies at the heart of the gospel. It is in the gospel that God adopts the sinner who has been orphaned from Him because of sin. The picture is vivid and dramatic because it is through the redeeming work of Christ that our Heavenly Father adopts each one of us to be a son, i.e. “sons of God.”

However, there is another motivation that compels us to pursue orphan care and that is the pursuit of joy. Jesus instructed his disciples and all believers in the path to possess and experience His joy. And it is the pursuit of Jesus’ joy that becomes another motivation to love and care for orphans.