Kingdom, Come (Part 2): Poster Child

#1 Listen to “Kingdom, Come (Part 2): Poster Child”

Consider this Sunday morning’s lesson. You can listen here: http://bit.ly/1gCDfNL

Or watch here [video will be posted by Monday each week]: www.vimeo.com/rrcoc

What stuck out to you as interesting?

Did you encounter any challenging or re-orienting truth?

How’d it make you feel?

 

#2 Little Children

According to Matthew 18, Jesus said to his disciples, "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."

What does that mean? In what way(s) should we be like little children?

What does this story teach us about coming to Christ/entrance into the kingdom?

What does humility look like in the context of a person's deciding to follow Christ?

How are humility and change related?

Have you ever met someone who wouldn't change, even when change was clearly the best thing for him or her? Share that story. Why were they so stuck?

  • What gets in the way of our willingness to make healthy change?

 

#3 Humbled

Read the following passages:

  • 2 Samuel 22:28
  • 2 Chronicles 7:14
  • Psalm 147:6
  • Psalm 149:4
  • Isaiah 66:1-2
  • Zeph. 2:3
  • Matt. 23:12
  • James 4:10
  • I Peter 5:5

How does God feel about humility?

What is humility? Why is it so important?

If we're commanded to be humble, how do we go about learning humility? What practical steps can we take toward humility?

 

#4 Pushy

In Matthew 18 the apostles argued over who would be first in the kingdom.

Do you ever find yourself wanting to be first?

Share a story from a time you really wanted to be first (in charge, honored, etc.).

Is there a place in your life right now where you're struggling/jockeying for position? How might what we're learning about humility and submission inform the way you proceed?

 

#5 Bow Down

Traditionally, within our faith community, we pray and praise God either in a sitting or standing position. What would it feel like for us to physically make ourselves low in prayer?

This week, pray together in a kneeling or prostrate (lying face down on the ground) position. You can pray as usual (but from a "low" position) or each pray silently. If you'd like, you can listen to a prayer in song. (Maybe this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1m_sWJQm2fs)