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Bible Study: Adoption Accomplished - Christmas 1

Text: Galatians 4:4-7 for the First Sunday after Christmas, lectionary series A

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Objective

Participants will:

  1. Better understand what it means to be adopted by God.
  2. Identify how God accomplished our adoption, and how that benefits us.
  3. Rejoice that they are God's adopted children and dearly loved by Him.
  4. Look for opportunities to share God's adoption plan with others.

Materials Needed

Bible 

Group Guidelines

Form groups of 7-8 people. The person who is adopted, or who knows someone who is adopted, is the leader. If there is no such person in the group, then have the person lead whose Baptism birthday is closest to today. The leader's role is to keep the group focused on the study, and to encourage participation from all members of the group.

Building Community

Arrange the group in a circle so that everyone can see each other. Let each person in your circle complete the following:

  1. When I "grow up," I want to be a . . . because. . .
  2. If I could be anyone in the world, I would be . . . because. . .
  3. I think it would be neat to be . . .'s child for a day! Because. . .

Looking at God's Word

Have a volunteer read Galatians 4:4-7, and have the rest of the group count how many times the word son(s) was used. Discuss the following questions. 

  1. "When the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman." What day of the church year do you suppose this verse is referring to?
  2. Jesus was "born of a woman. . ." What does that tell us about the nature of our Savior?
  3. Why is it so important for us that Jesus is a real, live human being? (See Romans 5:19, Colossians 1:22 and Hebrews 2:14)
  4. According to verse 5, why was Jesus "born of a woman, born under law?"
  5. Read aloud, in unison, the first four words of verse 6. Is the verb in this verse in the present tense or the future tense? What does that mean for us, TODAY? What does it mean for us as we live our lives this coming week?
  6. What is the great fringe benefit of being adopted as the children of God? (verse 7b)
  7. List a few of the goodies that we have inherited, and that we WILL inherit!

Reinforcing What Has Been Learned

  1. What are some rights and privileges that you enjoy as a member of your family?
  2. What would you do if your parents came to you and told you they just wrote you out of their will? What would you say? How would you feel? Why?
  3. Have you ever said something or done something that made you feel like you didn't belong in God's family? Could we ever do anything that would cause God to write us out of His will? Why or why not? (Read 1 John 1:7-9, Ephesians 1:7-8 and John 6:37)
  4. There is NO possibility of ever entering or remaining in God's family by placing ourselves under the Law. Our Brother Jesus lived the perfect life that we could not live, in our place. He was our Substitute. He died the death that we deserved so that we could live with Him forever in heaven! Jesus signed our adoption papers with His own blood! When He rose from the dead, those papers were signed, sealed, and delivered. How does this blessed fact cause you to grow in your appreciation for your Heavenly Father?
  5. What rights and privileges do we now enjoy as members of God's family? (verses 6-7)
  6. Think of somebody you know who might be feeling lonely and unwanted right now. How do you think they would feel if you told them that God has adopted them as His very own, and that with Him, they belong? Ask God to give you an opportunity to tell them!

Closing

HUDDLE UP! Gather in a large group and on the count of three, the whole group is going to yell: "Abba, Father!" Do this two or three times. Close with the following prayer:

Abba, Father, thank You for sending our Brother Jesus to live under the Law, on our behalf. Thank You for washing away our sins with His blood, and for adopting us as Your dearly loved children. When we become uncertain about our place in Your family because of our sins, reassure us with Your forgiving love. Comfort us with the blessed assurance that, with You, we belong, and that, through faith in Jesus, there is a place for us in Your family forever! Abba, Father, we pray in Jesus' name! Amen.

Originally published in Discovery Bible Studies 8, studies on the Epistle readings for lectionary series A, in 1995.

Republished and revised in December 2013 for thESource.



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