Greatest in the Kingdom

The disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

They expected affirmation that they were because they were disciples, but Jesus answered them in a way they did not expect.

“Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.” (Matthew 18:4-5)

Sermon preached on June 20, 2021.

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Digging Deeper

Want to get a little deeper into the study? Below are some questions and thoughts to consider based on the sermon message. Feel free to work through them on your own, as a family or in your small group. (Discussion questions for elementary-age kids can be found below.) If you have questions, please contact us.

Discussion Questions:

  • Why did the disciples ask Jesus this question?
  • Considering all of the heroes of the faith from before the time of Jesus, what makes Jesus’ answer so significant? What was Jesus hoping to teach the disciples?
  • What are some attributes of a child that we should be practicing as adults? Why do you think we lose some of the positive attributes of a child as we age?
  • In what way is humility linked to Jesus’ answer and the posture of a lowly position?
  • What does it mean to welcome a child in Jesus’ name?
  • Read Philippians 2:1-11. How does the description in the passage connect to Jesus’ words in Matthew 18:1-5?
  • Jesus states, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” What needs to change in your thinking or in your actions so that you can live with humility?

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