SERIES BIG IDEA:
Receiving the life that Jesus offers means accepting His way of life like a child.
TEACHING BIG IDEA:
If I can trust Jesus with my salvation, then I can trust Him with (fill in this blank with YOUR issue).
This is our third week to look at the value of simple, child-like faith in God’s kingdom. The first week we started with the basic foundation God made us and loves us. Last week we talked about Jesus wants to be our forever friend, through the good times and the not so good times. This week we look at the fourth truth, I can trust God no matter what. As we go through life it is harder and harder to trust God with the situations we get into. In Mark 10, Jesus tells a story of a rich man asking what he needed to do to get into heaven. Jesus tells him to obey all the commandments, which the young man had done since he was a child. Jesus goes on to tell him to sell everything and give it to the poor, and to follow Jesus. The young man couldn’t give up everything and trust Jesus. It is impossible to be good enough to earn eternal life on our own but with God all things are possible.
TALK IT OVER (Discuss One or More):
Have you trusted someone and they let you down? How did you feel? Did it take time to trust them again? Or do you still not trust them?
Have you ever prayed to God asking for something, trusting him to answer your prayers the way you wanted him to? On those occasions when he didn’t answer your prayers, did you lose your trust in God?
When you asked God “Why?” were you blaming God? OR Did you ask for understanding from God?
In Mark 10, Jesus tells the rich man to sell everything he owns, give the money to the poor and follow him. Could you sell everything you own, give the money to the poor and trust Jesus to take care of you? Is there some area of your life in which you don’t trust Jesus to take of?
The more we share our stories of what Jesus has done for us, the more we will trust in God. Share a story about you trusting in God.
What would the Next Step be for you so you can trust Jesus with all aspects of your life? Is there an area where you don’t want to give up control? Ask Jesus to help you to trust like a child again.
Other Scriptures to Read:
--John 14:1-27 --Psalm 13:1-6
--Isaiah 26:1-9 --Proverbs 3:1-12
--Joshua 1:1-9 --Psalm 34:1-7