Bible Stories for Adults
Jesus Blesses the Children
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Next Week - Jesus in Samaria (John 4:1-30; 39-42)
Bible Words to Remember:
He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
The Disciples Argue (Mark 9:33-35)
What significant event of Jesus' ministry preceded these stories?
Who was with Jesus during this event?
How did the disciples react to this special appearance by Moses and Elijah?
How did Jesus deal with their argument?
How did Jesus show them that He already knew?
The Object Lesson (Matthew 18:2, 5, 10)
What object lesson did Jesus add to strengthen His point?
Was Jesus serious in saying that welcoming a child welcomes Him?
Does God really send out "guardian angels" to protect His children?
Was Jesus' point that we should specifically serve children?
A Warning (Matthew 18:6-7)
What warning did Jesus add to His instruction to welcome God's children?
With so many other people in the world, does God really care if one of His children turns away?
The Greek used for millstone (mulos onikos) refers to one turned by a donkey
Typically 3-4 ft in diameter, hundreds of pounds
Depths of the sea should be far out in the open sea - Jews feared the sea & drowning
Is this word of warning strong enough to keep people from leading others into sin?
The Fires of Gehenna (Matthew 18:8-9)
How careful should we be to not cause anyone to sin?
Why does this teaching sound so familiar?
Fire of hell in Greek is Gehenna
Gehenna was the valley of Hinnom, a valley below the mountain of Jerusalem
How did Gehenna get its reputation for being the fires of hell?
2 Chronicles 28:1-3
What did Josiah, the reforming king of Judah, do about the sacrifices in Gehenna?
2 Kings 23:10
What prediction did Jeremiah make that was obviously true by Jesus' time?
Body Parts (1 Corinthians 5:1-13)
What other body parts could Jesus be telling us to keep pure?
1 Corinthians 12:27
Would Jesus really be telling us to cut off a sinful church member and send them to hell?
1 Corinthians 5:5-7
Are we to stay away from everyone in this world who is openly sinful?
1 Corinthians 5:9-13
Wouldn't it be easier and better to just let people stay members?
(See also Deut 17:7; 19:19; 21:21; 22:21, 24; 24:7)
1 Corinthians 12:26
Little Ones (Romans 14)
If Jesus was referring to His body, the church, what would He have meant by "little ones"?
1 Corinthians 3:1-2
What example did Paul give to the early Christians of a topic that could cause little ones to sin?
1 Corinthians 8:4, 7-9
How could exercising your God-given freedom be a stumbling block and lead others to sin?
1 Corinthians 8:10-13
Should we then keep baby Christians and each other from using these freedoms?
So we should then feel free to exercise our freedoms openly?
What is the important thing to remember through this confusing discussion?
So should we drink beer or wine around our Baptist friends, or not?
What should we do about freedoms we aren't so sure about?
One More Key Lesson (Matthew 18:1-4)
What lesson did this story begin with that covers all of the rest of the lessons we've discussed?
Is Jesus telling us to change from being so serious and become more childish?
1 Corinthians 14:20
What does Paul mean that we should be adults in our thinking?
So in what way are we to become more like children?
Humility (Philippians 2:1-18)
Humility - When you know you have it, you've lost it.
Humility thinks of others, not of self.
How did Paul define humility?
True humility is not thinking meanly of oneself; it is simply not thinking of oneself at all.
How does Peter describe humility?
1 Peter 5:5-6 (James 4:6-10)
Where can we find an even better example of humility than a child?
Jesus Teaches in Humility (Mark 9:30-32)
What was Jesus getting ready to do that further taught this lesson on humility?
What priority did Jesus and His disciples have for this last trip to Jerusalem?
How ready were the disciples to receive and understand this mature "solid food"?
How much time was the group able to get to be by themselves for this training?
Top Priority Lessons Only (Mark 10:13-16)
How did the disciples handle these interruptions to Jesus' limited important lessons?
Mothers often brought their babies to be blessed by a rabbi
(Luke 18:15 says people were bringing babies for Him to touch)
How did Jesus feel about the disciples protecting their limited and valuable time together?
What did He mean that the kingdom of God belongs to such as these?
What did Jesus then do about the babies?
Dependence (1 Corinthians 12:3)
How is a child-like dependence critical for receiving the kingdom of God?
1 Corinthians 12:3
How did Martin Luther state this in his explanation to the Third Article of the Apostles' Creed?
I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength
How does the Spirit call us by the Gospel?
believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him;
but the Holy Ghost has called me by the Gospel,
enlightened me with His gifts;
sanctified and kept me in the true faith.
1 Corinthians 2:10-16
Can't we receive the kingdom by being as good as we can? Do we have to be dependent?
Children greatly trust their parents to take care of them. Who are we to trust?
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