When we were children, our lives were so much simpler. Our problems seemed so big. Our friend didn't want to play with us that day, we couldn't find our favorite toy, or it was raining so we couldn't play on the swing set. When we were children, the world wasn't so big. Time didn't seem to apply. We loved to celebrate our Birthday's. Every holiday was a big deal. Nothing was more exciting than a piece of candy, a sticker, or a new movie. We could watch the same movie over and over and over and over again.
Don't we miss the simplicity of our lives when we were children? Things happen though. We get older; our goldfish dies; our parents split up; our best friend moves away; our grandma passes on; we get made fun of for something we're proud of in our life; we fail an assignment in school; we get fired; our bank account is empty one day; we can't put gas in our car; terrorists fly planes into the World Trade Center; our military men and women don't come home.
Day by day, the innocence of childhood drifts away and we are hit with adulthood like a baseball bat.
This sermon series is about remembering what it was like before we became adults before the weight of the world came down upon us.
In Mark 10, Jesus was teaching and some parents brought their children to him so he could bless them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering Jesus with such trivial things. Jesus got angry with his disciples for their short-sightedness. He said to them,
This is the foundation for us during this sermon series. We need to remember what it was like for us to come to Gow with the purity of a child. We need to see God through a child's eyes once again.
Christ talked often about children. He said, “Let the children come to me,” “turn from your sins and become like little children,” and “the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.” There must be more to Christ’s talk of children than simply wanting to teach them. What can we learn from children and remembering our child-like faith?
Read Matthew 19:13-15 and Mark 10:13-16.
- How would you feel if you were the parents in this story? The disciples? The children?
- What do you think it would have felt like for Jesus to stand up for you then bless you?
- How different is it to see the Kingdom of God through a child’s eyes?
Read Matthew 18:1-10.
- What does it mean for us to not lead a hold or baby Christian astray?
- Do you or others take this responsibility seriously in your opinion?
- What would happen if children guided us in ways of worship or prayer?
Read Jeremiah 29:11-13.
- What does it mean to trust God?
- Did you trust God more as a Child or now as an adult?
- How does God’s plan effect your life goals and dreams?
- Do we truly look for God, as Jeremiah calls us to, or are we trying to fit God into our schedules?