Bible Stories for Adults

Jesus Blesses the Children

Matthew 18-19

Welcome and Announcements
    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

Opening Prayer

The Disciples Argue (Mark 9:33-35)
    What significant event of Jesus' ministry preceded these stories?
      Luke 9:29-31
    Who was with Jesus during this event?
      Luke 9:28
    How did the disciples react to this special appearance by Moses and Elijah?
      Luke 9:46
    How did Jesus deal with their argument?
      Mark 9:33-34
    How did Jesus show them that He already knew?
      Mark 9:35

The Object Lesson (Matthew 18:2, 5, 10)
    What object lesson did Jesus add to strengthen His point?
      Luke 9:47-48
    Was Jesus serious in saying that welcoming a child welcomes Him?
      Matthew 18:10
    Does God really send out "guardian angels" to protect His children?
      Psalm 34:7
    Was Jesus' point that we should specifically serve children?
      Matthew 25:34-40

A Warning (Matthew 18:6-7)
    What warning did Jesus add to His instruction to welcome God's children?
      Matthew 18:6
      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
        Revelation 21:1
    With so many other people in the world, does God really care if one of His children turns away?
      Matthew 18:12-14
    Is this word of warning strong enough to keep people from leading others into sin?
      Matthew 18:7

The Fires of Gehenna (Matthew 18:8-9)
    How careful should we be to not cause anyone to sin?
      Matthew 18:8-9
    Why does this teaching sound so familiar?
      Matthew 5:27-30

    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?
      Jeremiah 19:6

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
      (See also Deut 17:7; 19:19; 21:21; 22:21, 24; 24:7)
    Wouldn't it be easier and better to just let people stay members?
      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?
      Romans 14:1-6
    So we should then feel free to exercise our freedoms openly?
      Romans 14:13-16
    What is the important thing to remember through this confusing discussion?
      Romans 14:17-19
    So should we drink beer or wine around our Baptist friends, or not?
      Romans 14:20-22
    What should we do about freedoms we aren't so sure about?
      Romans 14:23

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?
      Matthew 18:1-3
    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?
      Ephesians 4:13-15
    So in what way are we to become more like children?
      Matthew 18:4

Humility (Philippians 2:1-18)
    Humility - When you know you have it, you've lost it.
      Humility thinks of others, not of self.
      True humility is not thinking meanly of oneself; it is simply not thinking of oneself at all.
    How did Paul define humility?
      Romans 12:3
    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?
      Philippians 2:3-11

Jesus Teaches in Humility (Mark 9:30-32)
    What was Jesus getting ready to do that further taught this lesson on humility?
      Matthew 16:21
    What priority did Jesus and His disciples have for this last trip to Jerusalem?
      Mark 9:30-31a
    How ready were the disciples to receive and understand this mature "solid food"?
      Mark 9:31b-32
    How much time was the group able to get to be by themselves for this training?
      Mark 10:1

Top Priority Lessons Only (Mark 10:13-16)
    How did the disciples handle these interruptions to Jesus' limited important lessons?
      Mark 10:13
    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?
      Mark 10:14
    What did He mean that the kingdom of God belongs to such as these?
      Mark 10:15
    What did Jesus then do about the babies?
      Mark 10:16

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
      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.
    How does the Spirit call us by the Gospel?
      1 Corinthians 2:10-16
    Can't we receive the kingdom by being as good as we can? Do we have to be dependent?
      Ephesians 2:8-9
    Children greatly trust their parents to take care of them. Who are we to trust?
      John 14:1

Closing Prayer

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