THE SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW WILL FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 95th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Lesson Title: CHILDLIKE FAITH
Adult/Young Adult Topic: BEING OPEN AND RECEPTIVE TO LIFE
Printed Text: Luke 18:15-17; Mark 10:16
Key Verse: Luke 18:17 (NIV)
“I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 95th Edition, 2015-2016
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
Children’s openness to life is a worthy model for everyone in society. What can be learned from children? Jesus taught that to receive the gift of the kingdom of God, the faithful must become as children: open, attentive, and receptive to what God has freely given.
The example of Jesus and the teachings of the Scriptures are very clear that children are to be loved and respected. They should be given every opportunity to enter the kingdom of God. When children are young they are eager to learn about God and Jesus Christ. They want to do the right thing and please their parents in every way. They are open to being taught how to make ethical choices and how to avoid the kinds of things that lead to destruction.
We are reminded by the example of Timothy that his grandmother and mother taught him the Scriptures, and the faith that developed in him began at home (2 Timothy 1:5-7; Acts 16:1-3).
Heavenly Father, may we acknowledge you in all of our ways. Grant that we will never take for granted the precious gifts given to us in the persons of our children and grandchildren. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Biblical Faith is simply belief or mental assent regarding a person or thing. It must of necessity include the will and the feelings. It also relates to the attitudes of the whole person.
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