Part 3 – Church Adoption Funds: Engaging in the Biblical Call

2. Establishing a local church adoption fund provides an opportunity for the church to become engaged in the Biblical call to care for orphans.

God makes it clear in His word that He has a special love for the “fatherless.” He calls Himself –

“the Father to the fatherless” (Ps 82:4)
“the helper of the fatherless” (Ps 10:14)
“the defender of the fatherless” (Ps 10:17)
“the upholder of the fatherless” (Ps 146:9)

He also commands His people to do the same –

“Do not deprive the alien or the fatherless of justice, or take the cloak of the widow as a pledge.” (Deuteronomy 24:17)
“Justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.” (Psalm 82:3)
“Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.” (Isaiah 1:17)

James, the brother of Jesus, sums up the Biblical call in the New Testament in this way:

“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)

There is a great call on the church and a great promise when we care for orphans – the experience of “pure and undefiled religion!” And a church adoption fund is one tangible way the church body can experience the joy of this.

For more information on how your church can start a church adoption fund please visit our website.

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