SERIES BIG IDEA:
Receiving the life that Jesus offers means accepting His way of life like a child.
TEACHING BIG IDEA:
Jesus, help me choose what is wise, right, and what honors You in everything I think, say, and do.
This is our final week to look at the value of simple, child-like faith in God’s kingdom. During the first weeks we discovered the truths that “God made me” “God loves me”, “Jesus wants to be my friend forever”, and “I can trust God no matter what.” This week we introduced the last two truths of “I need to make the wise choice” and “I should treat others the way I want to be treated.” Applying Proverbs 3:5-7 allows us to embrace our own limitations while choosing to trust God no mater what. Applying wisdom gives us direction and protection. Treating others the way we want to be treated is the right thing to do. We also want to honor Jesus with our thoughts, words, and actions. The new command of Jesus found in John 13:34 sums everything up: We should love others the way that Jesus has loved us.
TALK IT OVER (Discuss One or More):
How do you think children feel when they are told to do something simply because their parent told them to do something? How hard is it for you to do something when you don’t understand why? Can you share an example from your family or from your work?
Read Proverbs 3:5-7. What is the most challenging part of these verses for you? Do you trust the Lord with ALL your heart or just part of your heart? What part of your heart has the most difficulty trusting God? Relationships? Health? Money? Something else? What does it mean to “shun evil”?
Is God trustworthy? In what ways does God direct us and protect us when we apply wisdom?
The “Golden Rule” establishes the gold standard of how to treat others. What are natural reactions to treating others when someone has mistreated us? How can we live out the Golden Rule in our real life?
What are things that Jesus has done for us? What should our response to Jesus be in light of everything that He has done? In light of this, Jesus challenged his disciples with a new command to love each other as He has loved us. What are the challenges of putting this new command into practice?
How are our thoughts, words, and actions related? How can we honor Jesus with our thoughts, words, and actions?
Other Scriptures to Read:
--James 1:1-9 --Matthew 6:25-34
--Proverbs 2:1-22 --1 Peter 2:11-17
--Luke: 10:38-42 --Hebrews 13:15-21