1 Hit Wonders | Part 8 “Receiving”
Life Group Questions
- Do you find in your life that it is easier for you to be the giver or the receiver? In what ways do you think it is easy or difficult to both give and receive?
- What do you think receiving the Kingdom of God like a child means? Based off of what Josh said about the role of children in Bible times, does that change the way you see the story of Jesus welcoming the children? How so?
- It what ways was it the Pharisee’s goodness that kept him from receiving from God? What are tendencies in your life that may be similar?
- Would you be willing to share what you feel like you need to receive from God during this season? Was there anything specific that you felt like God was prompting during the time of worship?
Sermon Notes and Scripture
Luke 18:9-17 (New International Version)
The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector
9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’
13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’
14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
The Little Children and Jesus
15 People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 17 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
Nathan McDonald is a graphic designer, illustrator, songwriter and aspiring Bible and Enneagram nerd. He lives with his family in Rockford and leads the communications team at First Free Rockford.