JESUS, CHILDREN, AND THE KINGDOM OF GOD: Mark 10:13-16

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SCRIPTURE

Mark 10:13-16 13 And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 15 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” 16 And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. 

DISCUSSION

1. Study through Mark 10:13-16 together. Does anything stand out to you? 

2. In what ways do children have intrinsic value, not just potential value? How does secularism/humanism actually leave little room for people (especially children) to have intrinsic value? 

3. What is the greatest danger to children in the U.S.? in Sub-Saharan Africa? in China? in Thailand? What can you do about these issues? 

4. What reasons might some people have today for restricting the access of children to Jesus? 

5. What do children do that demonstrates they are sinners? How do they show they are helpless and hopeful? Trusting and dependent? 

6. What does Jesus mean when he says, “whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it”? How can a child teach us how to come to Jesus? 

GOOD WORD

Look at how Jesus loves children! Furthermore, consider the promise we have in 1 John 3: “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” Jesus loves children and by God’s grace that’s exactly what we are—God’s children in Christ.

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