Posted by Tony Reinke.
In his classic book Knowing God, J.I. Packer wrote:
If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God's child, and having God as his Father. If this is not the thought that prompts and controls his worship and prayers and his whole outlook on life, it means that he does not understand Christianity very well at all. For everything that Christ taught, everything that makes the New Testament new, and better than the Old, everything that is distinctively Christian as opposed to merely Jewish, is summed up in the knowledge of the Fatherhood of God. "Father" is the Christian name for God. … Our understanding of Christianity cannot be better than our grasp of adoption. (pp. 201—202)The adopting grace of God is a major theme of the Christian faith, and today this theme has a new soundtrack. Bob Kauflin and Sovereign Grace Music today released their latest project, Sons & Daughters, a 12-song album accenting God’s gratuita adoptio. The album was intentionally written for congregational worship settings.
On his blog Kauflin wrote,
… The project came out of a perceived lack of songs that help us meditate on the unfathomable love God has shown us in adopting us through Jesus Christ (Eph. 1:5). We are now part of God’s family—in Christ we will forever be the objects of God’s particular and passionate mercy and love. We are not only forgiven, we are co-heirs with Christ, and never again have to doubt God’s care for us. That biblical reality, rather than leaving us focused on ourselves, drives us once again to proclaim the greatness of the God whose grace turns hopeless rebels into precious children.The album can be sampled online and purchased as an audio CD ($12) or as a set of MP3 downloads ($9.00). Guitar charts, lead sheets and lyric sheets are available as free downloads.
Sons & Daughters is the third album released by Sovereign Grace Music this summer. In June they released a children’s album, To Be Like Jesus. In July they released a live conference recording titled, Next 2009 Live.