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Sermon Audio: What Kids Need Most

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Sunday, June 25, 2023

What Kids Need Most

Ken Harrell

Senior Pastor

A child is born with physical needs for survival, but as that child grows, there are other needs that become evident… needs that parents have to meet that are just as vital for that child to thrive.

Notes

Key Scripture

Proverbs 22:6

Discussion Questions

Don’t be afraid to add to this list, skip questions that don’t work for your group, or branch off with additional questions as discussion unfolds. Conversation is key! This is the time to work through the application of scripture and have group members figure things out together.

  1. How and where did you see God work this week at VBS? Did any changes occur within you or your children? Share with your group.
  2. Review the list in your notes of seven things that create insecurity in a child. Did any of these items affect you personally growing up? How so? If you are a parent, are there any areas in which you could improve while raising your children?
  3. Read Mark 10:14. Jesus was extremely displeased with His disciples and publicly rebuked them for not allowing the children to come to Him. What does this show you regarding the value Jesus places on little ones? This occurrence is also recorded in both Matthew and Luke. What does the fact that this event is included three times in the Bible show us about its significance?
  4. Read Ephesians 5:33. Have you ever considered the importance of the husband/wife relationship in showing God’s love to a child? Why is a godly marriage so vital? Based on the message from this past Sunday, what can you do today to improve your relationship with your spouse to be the best example for your kids?
  5. Considering the uniqueness of each child, should parenting tactics differ for individual children according to their personal attributes and temperaments? What biblical guidelines should remain consistent throughout, and what can be altered for individual needs?
  6. Read Proverbs 25:11 and review the quote by Mark Twain in your notes. Was there a time when you received such high praise or a compliment that it built confidence for you moving forward? Whether it be from your parents or someone else? How well do you communicate love and praise to your children? Where can you adjust how and when you praise your child’s behavior?
  7. Read Psalm 19:14. Do you feel the words of your mouth and meditation of your heart are acceptable to God? How can we honor or dishonor the Lord in our words and what we continually think or pray about? What impact does this have on your family?
  8. James 1:19 calls out the importance of being swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath. Can you think of a situation when you did these things well and a time you did not? What was the outcome of both scenarios? Who do you need to practice these actions with this week? Ask your life group to pray for that interaction.

Accountability

  • Where are you reading in the Bible this week? What has God been revealing to you through your quiet time with Him?
  • Discuss any struggles you may be going through with your group.
  • How can you pray for your group this week? How can they be praying for you?

 


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Tags

Children, Family, Kids, Parenting