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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 19:13-15

Carefully Think

  • Read Matthew 19:13-15.  
  • Look for transition from the issue of divorce to the children.  Was there a scene change?  Was there a time change?
  • Why were people bringing children to Jesus?
  • What were the disciples responses to the children?  In what manner does Jesus repond to the disciples about the children?  
  • Jesus has used children before to teach the disciples, Read Matthew 18:1-6.  What can we build about Jesus view of children?  Why is this important for Jesus to display?
  • What does it mean to "not hinder"?
  • Where else has Jesus stated someone would have the kingdom of heaven?

Prayerfully Meditate

  • How does this passage shape your view of children and the kingdom of heaven?
  • Think through how this impacts you if you do have children.  Does this passage have any relevance to people who do not have children?
  • Consider how the kindgom of heaven belongs to the children, how is it related to salvation? Is this tied to the Jewish custom of circumsion? Or is this pointing to something else?
  • How can you enage others who have children in the church?  How should you enage their children?

Intentionally Act

  • Does this passage reveal any incorrect views on children?  Are you sinning in response? Any promises for you to trust in?
  • How would this passage help you pray for one another?
  • How should a congregation apply this passage to its members? 
  • Pray for unbelievers to repent and believe through the grace of God in Jesus Christ through the worship of God alone this Sunday.
  • Pray that those who lead the service will edify the body in the most helpful ways: Dawson Bryant, music; Brett Harris, Prayer and Scripture Reading; Bret Capranica, teaching.
  • Listen to the music we will sing together. Meditate on the message of each song. Prepare yourself to sing with understanding and zeal in one body.

Songs for Sunday

Morning Gathering

Evening Gathering

Lyrics

Morning and Evening Gathering - January 25, 2015