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What Is the Doctrine of Adoption?

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Format: Booklet
Pages: 48
ISBN: 9781596383913
Publication Date 01/03/12

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An adoption can lead to conflicted feelings about identity and belonging, and our adoption into God’s family often does the same. We wonder, if God adopted us, in what way are we truly part of his family? Do we really belong to him?

Mike Milton reveals the scriptural teaching on the doctrine of adoption and shows what our heavenly adoption truly means. He helps us to feel what any child of adoption can ultimately feel: acceptance, family belonging, privilege, responsibility, and love—which are stronger in God’s family than in any other.

Basics of the Faith booklets introduce readers to basic Reformed doctrine and practice. On issues of church government and practice they reflect that framework—otherwise they are suitable for all church situations.


“In this ‘pastoral epistle,’ Mike Milton takes us on a genetic journey through Scripture, exploring the familial DNA of the gospel. By the grace of God in Jesus Christ his Son, believers are no paupers in God’s kingdom; we are God’s sons and daughters, handpicked and irrevocably loved. With a shepherd’s staff in hand, Milton guides us to some riveting pastoral riches of this highest gospel privilege: adoption in the family of God.”

—David B. Garner, Westminster Theological Seminary

The Author

Michael A. Milton

Michael A. Milton

Michael A. Milton (PhD, University of Wales; MPA, UNC Chapel Hill) is a Presbyterian minister, educator, and a composer. The retired Chancellor/CEO of Reformed Theological Seminary and retired Army Chaplain (Colonel), Milton serves as the James Ragsdale Chair of Missions at Erskine Theological Seminary. He is president of the D. James Kennedy Institute of Reformed Leadership and Faith for Living. He is a songwriter and recording artist, and the author of numerous books. Previously he was the senior minister of the historic First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga, Tennessee and the founding pastor of three congregations.