One of our goals as a church is to equip our people with resources that provide practical help for the weekly application of the sermon. Last week’s sermon dealt with the issue of adoption. Adoption raises a significant amount of theological and logistical questions in a persons mind. Fortunately, there are great resources available that address both of these aspects. Here are three that the pastoral team at Mercy Hill has found extremely helpful. The best part of all three is that each are from the perspective of people who have adopted – giving the reader first hand insight into this issue.
1. Adopted for Life – by Russell More
“The gospel of Jesus Christ-the good news that through Jesus we have been adopted as sons and daughters into God’s family-means that Christians ought to be at the forefront of the adoption of orphans in North America and around the world. Russell D. Moore does not shy away from this call in Adopted for Life, a popular-level, practical manifesto for Christians to adopt children and to help equip other Christian families to do the same. He shows that adoption is not just about couples who want children-or who want more children. It is about an entire culture within evangelicalism, a culture that sees adoption as part of the Great Commission mandate and as a sign of the gospel itself.
2. Orphanology – by Tony Merida and Rick Morton
“Orphanology unveils the grassroots movement that’s engaged in a comprehensive response to serve hundreds of millions of orphans and “functionally parentless” children.
You’ll see a breadth of ways to care with biblical perspective and reasons why we must. Heartwarming, personal stories and vivid illustrations from a growing network of families, churches, and organizations that cross culture show how to respond to God’s mandate. The book empowers: churches—to plan preaching, teaching, ministering, missions, funding adoption, supporting orphans; individuals and families—to overcome challenges and uncertainties; every believer—to gain insights to help orphans in numerous ways.”
3. Kisses from Katie – by Katie Davis
“What would cause an eighteen-year-old senior class president and homecoming queen from Nashville, Tennessee, to disobey and disappoint her parents by forgoing college, break her little brother’s heart, lose all but a handful of her friends (because they think she has gone off the deep end), and break up with the love of her life, all so she could move to Uganda, where she knew only one person and didn’t even speak the language? A passion to follow Jesus.”
“Katie Davis left over Christmas break of her senior year for a short mission trip to Uganda and her life was turned completely inside out. She found herself so moved by the people of Uganda and the needs she saw that she knew her calling was to return and care for them. Katie, a charismatic and articulate young woman, is in the process of adopting thirteen children in Uganda and has established a ministry, Amazima, that feeds and sends hundreds more to school while teaching them the Word of Jesus Christ.”