June 20 BELONG

Lesson Title: Jesus Blesses Children
Scripture: Mark 10: 13-16
Our theme is BELONG


What’s happening in this story? 

Just before this passage, the Pharisees were quizzing Jesus about divorce.  The focus of his response was decidedly about God’s promotion of justice for those whom society tends to treat as inferior.  Now as the disciples would follow societal conventions and keep children from approaching Jesus, he welcomes them and holds them up as models of discipleship.  

What does this story mean for kids?  

While children were often mistreated or ignored in Jesus’ day, he wanted people to know that the little ones were valued members of the kingdom of God.  In fact, he even affirmed them as examples for grown-ups of how to receive the kingdom.  Kids can rest in Jesus’ love just as he invited their New Testament counterparts to do – without having to act like miniature adults.  They can also demonstrate Jesus’ message by welcoming all people in their church, school, and community.  

Why this theme? 

Jesus frequently redefines stereotypical definitions of who’s ‘in’ and who’s ‘out’.  It’s a tension in his whole ministry that teaches us about God’s character and grace.  
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Taken directly from Whirl Sunday School Curriculum 2016

Whirl Classroom Sunday School Curriculum. Sparkhouse, 2016.