Yesterday's message has been a long time coming. Yet, it still feels unfinished, unresolved. There is a shift happening in the church. It is a shift to a more deeper understanding of the gospel and how it motivates us for everything.
Sure, it's more about "relationship" than "religion," but there is this little verse in James 1 that makes it very clear that there is a form of religion that God accepts and expects from his followers.
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. James 1:27 (ESV)
God is clearly calling the church into this story, this form of religion. The church must be involved, from a gospel motivation, in the story of orphancare. This includes being pro-life, but also pro-adoption.
It's not up for debate. It's the calling of the church. To love and care for orphans, widows and the unfortunate and to live unstained.
Easy? No way!
Possible? Only through Christ.
It's time to enter into this fully. It's time to offer God pure and undefiled religion.
Our special guest this past Sunday was Eva Kroon Pike. Her story of adoption is powerful and her advocacy for the Florida Baptist Children's Homes is strong. We were blessed to be led in worship by Eva and our Celebration Choir & Orchestra this past Sunday. Her song "Grace That Chose Me" is powerful. Just in case you missed it, check out the video below.