Preparation for Worship: June 1, 2013

Scripture:

Ephesians 6.4, NIV
Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

Deuteronomy 6.4–9, NIV
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

Luke 18.15–17, NIV
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.”

Psalm 78.4, NIV

We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.

Thought:

“The children in the gospel passage received that blessed touch of Jesus because it was what the parents wanted for their children and they took necessary measures to make it happen. They were determined even when the disciples mistakenly tried to turn them away. It was not the children who exercised faith; it was those bringing them to Jesus” (Stephen Smallman, How Our Children Come to Faith, 10).

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