Happy Monday. In today's reading we find Jesus, again, with children as an object lesson to discover who Jesus receives and how we are to receive Jesus. Remember, these daily posts are designed to help you move from knowledge about Jesus to becoming like Jesus. Allow the questions of application to move beyond theory into your life by taking risks in response to Jesus as He empowers you through His Spirit to change you.
CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions)
_ What is your high and low from today? (or since last time we were together)
_ What is one way Jesus is impacting the life of someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?
_ Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to highlight truth as you read.
DISCOVER [ Mark 10.13-16 ] 13 And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 15 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” 16 And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ What is Jesus doing in vs. 13 that the disciples rebuke him for in vs. 13?
_ What is it about a child that makes Jesus say that the kingdom of God belongs to them?
_ How do children receive things? How do you receive things?
_ What does this passage teach us about how we are to receive Jesus and his authority in our lives?
_ What good news does this teach us about who Jesus' receives?
+ HOW am I called to confess sin and respond to what I learned today? (In groups discuss this in guy/girl break-outs, use these questions to help prompt responses if needed)
_ Confession that I have not been welcoming the weak and least into your life?
_ Confession that I have not been welcoming Jesus authority into my life?
_ Respond by welcoming, loving, encouraging a person who is weak, least, suffering (of no benefit to you) today
_ Respond by praying the Lord's prayer on every hour (that his kingdom would come and will would be done in your life today
+ WHO is in your world with that you might pass along what you learned, with today? (e.g., your family, a friend, co-worker or neighbor you are walking with to discover the message Jesus)
The purpose of The Daily is to encourage growth in our affection for Jesus. It is a practical guide for you and as you walk with others (your groups) to grow in or discover Jesus. A portion of this weeks readings will be taught on this Sunday at Downtown Hope's gathering- look forward to seeing you there as we continue to join Jesus vision for the world!