Starting Small
In this sermon series, we go back and recapture the basic understanding of faith from the perspective of a child. Small steps lead to great journeys. Simple lessons lead to profound faith. “Unless you become like a child you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven:” which means we have a lot to unlearn before we get there.

This week, we go back to the most fundamental truth that every healthy child understands. They are loved. Even God, the Father, went out of God’s way to let Jesus know that he was loved. How does being loved help us become more like a child?

Small Group Questions: Sunday, August 7, 2016

Week 1: Love

  • In reading Mark 1:9-11 and/or recalling the sermon you listened to, what did you find most interesting or important?
  • Did you grow up in a household where you heard “I love you” often? What difference did it make to you to hear it or not?
  • Why do you think God took the time to tear open the heavens and let Jesus know that he was loved?
  • Recall your own baptism or a baptism of someone important to you? What did it mean to you? Them?
  • How can you make someone else feel loved this week? How can you love them in both word and action?

Taking the Next Step of Discipleship
Mark tells us that as Jesus rose from the waters of his baptism the heavens were torn apart so that God could announce that Jesus was God’s son and beloved by God. When we make people feel loved we are in a sense bringing a little heaven to earth for them. It is sad that some people don’t have heaven torn open enough for them. Take the next step of discipleship and tear open the heavens this week for someone by letting them know that not only are they loved by God, but that they are loved by you. I bet that both of you will be more likely to live a little more like a child of God when you do.

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