Relating to Children (Sermon Audio)

On Sunday, January 6, 2019 at Wildwood Community Church I preached a message based on Matthew 18:1-6 and 19:13-15.  This message was part 1 in the “Relating to” series and looked at how we are “Relating to Children.”  Below is audio from this sermon to listen to or share.

 

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Relating to Children 1.6.19

 

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Relating to Children (Sermon Questions)

On Sunday, January 6, 2019 at Wildwood Community Church, I preached a message based on Matthew 18:1-6 and 19:13-15.  This message was the first in the “Relating to _____” series, and talked about how the follower of Christ can relate to children.  Below you will find a series of questions related to the message for personal reflection or group discussion.

Sermon Questions:

  1. Pray
  2. Read Matthew 18:1-6; 19:13-15
  3. What are your thought regarding the statistic shared this morning, that 80% of people who trust Christ in America, do so before their 21st birthday?
  4. In what ways are children a great example of humility for the follower of Jesus?
  5. What is going on in your life right now that causes you to want to compare your life to the life of another Christian (for better or worse)?  How does today’s passage encourage or challenge you to be humble (like a child) as you follow Christ?
  6. In what ways are you investing your life FOR the next generation following Jesus?  What are some things you can do to invest more in this area in the new year?
  7. What is one particular application you took away from this message?

To access these questions in pdf format, click here.

Relating to: Children (Sermon Preview)

Statistics indicate that nearly 80% of all Christians in America first trusted in Jesus before their 21st birthday.

How does that statistic make you feel?  Encouraged?  Discouraged?  Indifferent?

I’ll tell you how it makes me feel — motivated.  Motivated to be involved in being for the next generation following Jesus together to the glory of God. 

God is not obligated to save anyone, so we certainly would not want statistics to serve as demands on what God HAS to do, or restricting our expectations of what God CAN do.  God has to do nothing, and He can do all things.

However, it is fascinating to see this statistic and even to feel some of its relevance in our experience at Wildwood Community Church where the majority of our baptismal candidates have been people under the age of 21.  However, all these minors remind us of something MAJOR . . . something that Jesus said to His first followers in Matthew 18:1-6 and 19:13-15.  Children are an example of what it looks like to come to Him, and we should not hinder them in any way from doing so.

This Sunday at Wildwood Community Church, we will be launching a new sermon series called “Relating to __________.”  Over the next 8 weeks we will be walking through Matthew 18-20, seeing how Jesus instructs His followers to relate to a variety of topics including marriage, temptation, those who wronged you, leadership, and more.  This week, we will kick off our study by looking at what Jesus says about children in Matthew 18 and 19.  We hope you will make plans to join us in our 9:45 or 11:00 services this Sunday.  Join us . . . and bring your friends as we lift up the name of Jesus together, and look into His Word as we seek to follow Him together in 2019.  See you Sunday!