Brandon Weaver and Danie Frandsen
- All-in weekend is a time when we invite our elementary-age kids to join us in “big church” because at COH, we believe that the whole church has a role in leading our kids to Christ. Was there a person in your childhood who helped you spiritually? If so, share about that person.
- In the culture at the time the New Testament was written, children were not considered valuable. They had no power and were often not wanted. Danie shared a story about a time when she felt unwanted. If you’ve ever felt unwanted, tell about what was going on in that situation?
- Read Matthew 19:13-15: Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. 14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” 15 When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.
What comments or questions come to your mind from this passage?
- Notice how much these children mattered to Jesus, even though children generally weren’t considered important or valuable in the culture of that time. This should tell you that you matter to Jesus. What are some of the implications of the fact that you matter to Jesus? How does it affect your everyday life to know that you matter to Him?
- Jesus went out of his way to show these kids that he loved them and that they mattered to him. Danie shared a story of when her brother went out of his way to show her that he loved her and that she was valuable to him. When have you experienced someone doing that for you? Tell about that and how it felt.
- Jesus said that the kingdom of heaven belongs to children. He didn’t say it would belong to them when they got older. He said that his kingdom belongs to the children – and they matter to him right now, even while they are children. Kids mattered to Jesus, and they should matter to us too. What are you doing to live in line with this value that children matter to Jesus?
- The disciples messed up in Matthew 19, because they allowed the culture to sway them into thinking that kids were an inconvenience – instead of thinking like Jesus thinks. Has there been a time in your life, when you – like the disciples – messed up because you followed what the culture thinks, instead of what God thinks? If so, share about that.
- Brandon talked about embracing a “buff it out culture” – meaning, rather than our highest priority being to keep our church building clean and neat, we decide to let our church building be used for ministry, even if it gets messy. And then we clean it up and fix it up afterward. Why do some churches get caught up in keeping their building safe, rather than being willing to embrace a “buff it out culture”?
- What is the value of having our elementary age children in “big church” from time to time on these “All-In” weekends? Why do we do “All-In” weekends?
- Read Mark 10:15-16: “Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.
In this passage, we see that not only did Jesus let the kids come near to him, but he also blessed them when they came. What are some ways that you could be a blessing to the children in your life?