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For Study and Reflection, Personally or With Family, Friends or Your Small Group:
To help get you started, think and talk about your childhood. Did you grow up in a “children should be seen and not heard” household? Did you grow up in a “children should neither been seen nor heard” household? If so, what was that like? Why do you think your parents were like that?
From Mark 10:13-16:
-Why might the parents bringing their children to Jesus? What were there expectation of the blessing?
-Think about the response of the disciples. How have you seen this response in your own life?
Why was Jesus angry with the disciples?
To see and receive God’s Kingdom, we must be wowed by creation. Take a few minutes this week to simply ponder creation. Pick up a rock or a leaf. Go to the Monument and observe it. As God to reveal to you something specific about his eternal power and divine nature from it.
To see and receive God’s Kingdom, we must ask God for help. Read Luke 18:1-8. Ask God for help this week. A lot. Seriously, pester him because it’s biblical.
To see and receive God’s Kingdom, we have to “let God on.” Read Hebrews 4:15. Talk about a time in your life when God was “too big/too distant/too out of touch” for you. What were the circumstances?
To see and receive God’s Kingdom, we have to trust that God knows what he’s doing. Talk about what it’s like for you to be in control of your life. When is this a good thing? When might it get in the way of God’s desires for you?
To see and receive God’s Kingdom, we cannot push him away. Read 1 Samuel 4-6. Talk about a time in your life when you treated God like a good luck charm.
To see and receive God’s Kingdom, we must wait for him. Read Exodus 1-2. When have you “gotten ahead of God”? What have been some of the consequence of this?
To see and receive God’s Kingdom, we must understand that we are the problem. While thinking of your own disobedience, what kinds of consequences and results have you seen? When you take responsibility, do you do it sooner or later? Why is this?
To see and receive God’s Kingdom, we must allow Jesus to pick us up, place his hands on us, and bless us. From the things above, in what specific way or ways do you need to live out the childlike faith that allows you to see and receive God’s Kingdom more fully?