2008 Together for Adoption Conference

Tim Brister —  August 26, 2008 — 2 Comments

“Spiritual adoption is the excellency and apex of God’s salvation.” – Joel Beeke
“Adoption is the highest privilege that the gospel offers.” – J.I. Packer
“This blessing of grace (that is, of adoption) rises higher than justification.”  – John L. Dagg

Adoption has always been something I have longed to make a trademark of my life and family.  In fact, before I asked Dusti to marry me, I shared with her my desire to adopt children as part of our future family.  Having moved to Grace here in Cape Coral, the emphasis of adoption is underscored even further with kids being taken into homes on a regular basis.  Just a couple of weeks ago while I was in preparation for teaching on the doctrine of adoption for our Wednesday night Bible study (on Packer’s Knowing God), I read Joel Beeke’s excellent little book entitled Heirs with Christ: The Puritans on Adoption.  Incidentally enough, that book was birthed from Packer’s apparent ignorance (believe it or not) on the Puritan literature addressing the doctrine of adoption (which Beeke argues amounts to over 1,200 pages!). I would like to pull a few quotes from Beeke’s book for your consideration:

William Perkins:
“At earthly preferments men will stand amazed; but seldome shall you finde a man that is rauished with joy in this, that hee is the childe of God.”

Jeremiah Burroughs:
“If we did but know what this privilege of adoption is, all the riches of all the kingdoms in the world would be but as filthy dung to us.”

Richard Sibbes:
“All things are ours by virtue of our adoption because we are Christ’s and Christ is God’s.  There is a world of riches in this, to be sons of God.  And what a prerogative is this . . . that we have boldness to appear before God, to call him Father, to open our necessities, to fetch all things needful, to have the ear of the King of heaven and earth, to be favourites in the court of heaven.”

William a Brakel:
“From being a child of the devil to becoming a child of God, from being a child of wrath to becoming the object of God’s favor, from being a child of condemnation to becoming an heir of all the promises and a possessor of all blessings, and to be exalted from the greatest misery to the highest felicity—this is something which exceeds all comprehension and all adoration.”

Thomas Watson:
“We have enough in us to move God to correct us, but nothing to move him to adopt us, therefore exalt free grace, begin the work of angels here; bless him with your praises who hath blessed you in making you his sons and daughters.”

One of the greatest ways to live counter-culturally in our day of rugged individualism where personal ambition and careers eclipse the call to embrace children is the practical application of the doctrine of adoption.  If our spiritual adoption is the highest privilege the gospel offers, then a gospel-driven response would be to offer the highest privilege to children with the same love our heavenly Father has bestowed upon us.

Having said all that, I want to direct your attention to the 2008 Together for Adoption Conference coming up this November 1 in Greenville, SC.  The registration is minimal, and the line-up looks great.  Below are all the conference details.  For more information and to register, go here.

Registration Fee: $20 for single; $30 for couple

Theme: Our Adoption in Christ: What it Means for Us and for Orphans
Date: November 1, 2008
Location: Southside Fellowship (Greenville, SC)
See Conference Schedule

Sessions and Speakers:

Christian Alliance for Orphans
Maridel Sandberg, Alliance President and Director of MICAH Fund (Maridel will present the Alliance’s vision for orphan ministry)

The Good News of Adoption (Ephesians 1-2)
Rick Phillips (Listen to one of his sermons: How Shall We Now Live?)

God’s Joy in Adoption
Russell Moore (Listen to one of his sermons: But Are They Brothers? The Spirit of Adoption and the Unity of the Church)

Adoption and the Multi-Ethnic Family of God (Ephesians 1-2)
Carl Robbins (Listen to one of his sermons: Union with Christ)

Our Adoption and Visiting Orphans in Their Affliction (Romans 8:22-23)
Tullian Tchividjian (Josh Harris interviews Tullian about his book Do I know God? -Listen to one of his sermons: What the World Needs from the Church)

Q & A with Speakers

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2 responses to 2008 Together for Adoption Conference

  1. Timmy, thanks for posting this fantastic resource, as I, too, aim to make adoption a trademark of my life and family.

  2. Thanks for posting about this concept and the conference. I plan to be there, and I wish only a) that it were going to last longer than a day, and b) that I could bring more people with me.

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