SUMMER OF GOD’S LOVE: WHO'S THE GREATEST??
August 16, 2020
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?” He called a little child to Him, and placed the child among them and He said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes Me. Matthew 18:1-5
"Let the children come to Me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it." Mark 10:14-15
STEPS TOWARDS CHILDLIKE FAITH - HOPE - LOVE:
Note: Childlike but not childish…
I. PRACTICE HUMILITY
“Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child …” (KJV)
SCRIPTURE: James 1:5, Proverbs 22:4
II. PRACTICE TRUST
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart” Proverbs 3:5-6
SCRIPTURE: Psalms 56:3-4, Philippians 4:19
III. PRACTICE LIGHT-HEARTEDNESS
“Casting all your care upon him; for He cares for you” 1 Peter 5:7
SCRIPTURE: John 14:27, 1 Peter 5:7
IV. PRACTICE PERSISTENCE
“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith” Hebrews 10:23
SCRIPTURE: Galatians 6:9, Luke 11:9-10
V. PRACTICE ANTICIPATION
“I press toward the mark for the prize …” Philippians 3:14
SCRIPTURE: John 14:1–3, 1 John 3:2, Romans 12:12
5 CHARACTERISTICS OF CHILDLIKE FAITH:
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1. Children ask honest questions.
2. Children ask openly.
3. Children ask from a place of vulnerability with the expectation of an answer.
4. Children do not know what is best for them most of the time, but they trust their parents.
5. Children trust and find satisfaction with parents.
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