COMMUNITY Group Study Guide
For the week of September 26, 2021
Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything you heard for the first time or something that caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
1. Kids ask a ton of questions. Kids don’t take anything at face value. What is the funniest question you have heard a child ask lately?
2. “Become like children” doesn’t turn out to be “don’t ask questions” because kids ask A LOT of questions. What is a question you wrestle with and ask God?
How do you react when God appears to be silent in answer to your question?
1. Read the following passages. Circle the behavior/actions and childlike qualities Jesus was encouraging. Underline the behaviors he was scolding. What catches your attention or challenges you?
Matthew 18:1-5 New Living Translation
About that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?”2 Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them. 3 Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. 4 So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. 5 “And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me.
Matthew 19:13-14 New Living Translation
13 One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could lay his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him.14 But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” 15 And he placed his hands on their heads and blessed them before he left.
Mark 10:13-16 New Living Translation
13 One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him.14 When Jesus saw what was happening, he was angry with his disciples. He said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. 15 I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” 16 Then he took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them.
2. Read the passage below and answer the following questions:
2 Corinthians 12:8-10 New Living Translation
8 Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
How has God worked in and through you during a time of weakness?
What childlike quality do you need to recapture during times of weaknesses?
TAKING IT HOME
1. It’s easy to want to “hush” kids when we are busy adulting. However, God values every question we ask and never sees us as a distraction. What is one thing you could do differently that would reflect more of God in the way you listen to other’s questions?
2. Childlike excitement to see Jesus was evident, they were delighted to be in his arms and have his attention. You have Jesus’ attention. How does that make you feel?