Entering the Kingdom
Topic: AM Service Passage: Luke 18:15–18:17
Do you sometimes feel intimidated by all that there is to learn and know in the Bible? Does it seem like you need to know an incredible amount of theology – terms like supralapsarian, eschatological, or suzerain – before you can truly come to Christ? The great depth of the Bible can give that impression. But the Bible is not meant to be intimidating; its most important and critical teachings are set forth in such a way for all to understand. Augustine of Hippo put it well: “The Bible is shallow enough for a child not to drown, yet deep enough for an elephant to swim.” This comforting truth is found in the story of the children being brought to Jesus. The disciples thought that Jesus was beyond such little ones, but Jesus reminded them (and us!) that trusting Him like a child is the surest way to know that we are “Entering the Kingdom” (Luke 18:15-17).
I. The Importance of Children
II. Being as a Child
III. Receiving as a Child
Questions for consideration: (1) How does our society view children? What does that say about our view of God? Of the gospel? (2) What in your life makes it most difficult for you to totally be dependent on Christ? (3) What aspects of your life are you hoping will earn you favor with God? How can you stop trying to earn God’s love and approval?