All who are led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons and daughters. 15 You didn’t receive a spirit of slavery to lead you back again into fear, but you received a Spirit that shows you are adopted as his children. With this Spirit, we cry, “ Abba, Father. ” 16 The same Spirit agrees with our spirit, that we are God’s children. 17 But if we are children, we are also heirs. We are God’s heirs and fellow heirs with Christ, if we really suffer with him so that we can also be glorified with him.
Michael T. Burns is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene. He has pastored for more than 20 years in Ohio, California, and Wasington, DC, where he was the senior pastor for National Church of the Nazarene, a multicultural and multicongregational church with a 25-year history of multicultural ministry. Currently Rev. Burns serve as the senior pastor of Dodge City Church of the Nazarene, Dodge City, Kansas. Reverend Burns is currently completing postgraduate studies at the University of Manchester, Manchester, England. His Ph.D thesis is "John Wesley's Docrine of Perfect Love as a Theological Mnadate for Diversity and Inclusion."