Children and Heirs

2015 Linger Conference

In this 40-minute session from the 2015 Linger Conference, pastor JP Pokluda walks through Galatians 4:1–7 to describe who we are in Christ and how that identity influences our enjoyment of God. Jonathan “JP” Pokluda is the Young Adults Pastor and Associate Teaching Pastor at Watermark Community Church in Dallas, Texas. 

JP quoted A.W. Tozer: “What comes to our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” What comes to your mind when you think about God? Who or what has most influenced those thoughts?
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Galatians 4:1-7 (ESV)

Sons and Heirs

1I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything,2but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father.3In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world.4But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law,5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.6And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”7So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

JP made three points based on this passage:

  1. We are free to linger, not slaves who linger (4:1-2)
  2. We linger as children of God (4:4)
  3. We linger as heirs to His kingdom (4:6-7) 

Do you enjoy spending time with God, like you do with family or friends? Why or why not? How does your view of His character influence how you approach Him?
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Like the father in the adoption story that JP shared, God looks at you in all of your brokenness and claims you as His child. When have you struggled to believe this love? How does the imagery of that story help you think differently about God?
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JP said, “God has made you an heir to a kingdom, the greatest kingdom the world has ever known. It is yours through Him, purchased by the blood of His Son. That is a God who loves you, who says, ‘Can we hang out? Can we be friends? Can we spend some time together for your enjoyment, for your good pleasure?’”  

What comes to mind when you think about the kingdom of God? How does the promise of an inherited kingdom help you better understand how much God loves you?
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Abba Father, may the knowledge that I am a precious child of God and heir to your forever kingdom increase my worship and lead me to linger in Your presence. Amen. 

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