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Adoption and Orphan Care Sunday

Dear CrossPointe,

James 1:27 reads, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” We’ll focus on the first object of this text—orphan care—this week as we participate in Orphan Sunday, and next Sunday as we host a roundtable discussion on adoption and orphan care. I hope you’ll join us for both as we delve into the heart of adoption, which is the gospel.

Perhaps we’re tempted to think of adoption and orphan care as merely altruistic things Christians can do if they have a heart for them. But I want to challenge us to reconsider what our view on adoption says about how we understand the gospel. Through Jesus we have received adoption ourselves into the family of God, our Father. Likewise, we as Christians are called to encourage and support adoption and orphan care worldwide.

I look forward to seeing you on Sunday and at the roundtable discussion on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 6 p.m. Until then, please prepare for Sunday by reading Galatians 4:4-7.

Grace & Peace,