Week of 5/15/2016

See Orange Session 2 | One Belief One Rule  

SESSION OVERVIEW

If we can hold to the belief that every child is created in the image of God and follow the rule that love for God and others motivates kids to have an authentic relationship with God and others.  
 
KEY PASSAGES

Genesis 1:27, Matthew 19:13-15, Matthew 18:1-5, Matthew 22:36-40

GOAL FOR THIS SESSION

To understand every child is created in the image of God and by loving them as we are helping them to understand Gods love for them.  

Session 2 One Belief One Rule

DISCUSSION

Remember these discussion questions are a guide for you. Follow up questions or other insights may be needed by you according to your group’s needs.  

Read Genesis 1:27  

What was the One belief that drives why the purpose and goal of our Next Gen ministry?  
 
Most of us have been programed to look at and for the bad things kids do how do. How should this verse change our perspective?

Matthew 19:13-15

What did the disciples miss when the children were brought to Jesus?   
 
Why is it so important to bring for parent and the church to join together to bring children to Jesus?  
 
What did Jesus mean by “such is the kingdom of heaven”?  

Matthew 18:1-5

According to Pastor Don, why was the teaching of these verse so revolutionary to those Jesus was speaking too?  
 
Why should our goal be to be like children in our relationship to God?  
 
How does helping a child to discover they are created in the image of God unleash their potential?

Matthew 22:26-39

Pastor Don stated “The best way to love God is to love who God loves.” How is this a test of the authenticity of our relationship with God? 
 
Why is it important that we love ourselves? If we can be secure in our identity and comfortable with who we are in Christ, we can easily move past our insecurities and love others.   
 
Why is love more important than rules when it comes to how we deal, not only with children but each other?  
 
What were the three dials that Pastor Don spoke of that guide our kids into a loving relationship with God?  

The three dials

Wonder: As kids are created in the image of God they are divinely inspired to wonder.

Amaze me: by the fact that there is a God who has created them in their image and loves them. 
Amaze a kid’s mind to imagine God.  
Tell them the story of what God did for them.  

Discover: Help kids to discover and emotionally and morally respond to God  
Inspire me: Inspire kid’s to follow God
Tell them the story of of what God is doing in them. 

Passion: Help kid’s relationships to reflect God’s love  
Move me: move a kid’s life to serve God
Tell them the story of what God can do through them.  
 
How did Jesus restore the image of God to the world?

He modeled the image of God: SHOWED US, what it looked like.

He appealed to the image of God: INVITED US, to see our potential   
He redeemed the image of God: PREPARED FOR US, made the way back  
He is transforming us into the image of God: RESTORED US to a proper relationship with God.

Matthew 22:26-40

How does love fulfill the law in our relationship to God and others?  

Read John 1:14

How goes grace and truth balance rules and relationship?  

Why does Love matter most?

Read Luke 23:34a  

Pastor Don made the statement” While they were fighting with Jesus, Jesus was fighting for them.” How does this translate to how we love kids?

NEXT STEP

If you have never began a relationship with Christ, your first step is to ask God to forgive your sin and receive the gift of salvation given to us by Jesus death on the cross and his resurrection.  
 
Do you allow the one belief that we are created in the image of God in your relationship with others? Your Next Step may be to ask God to give you a new perspective not only with kids but with every person we come in contact with, inside and outside the walls of the church.  
 
Have you been living your life based on the rules of following Jesus? Your Next Step is to embrace the truth and grace of the love God has for you and reclaim your identity in him and pour that love into others.  

PRAY

Remember to pray for the family and church leaders as we combine to impact the next generation.