Summary: Entrance into the kingdom of God requires child-like faith
SHARPBegin a 5 part series of sermons on Kingdom of God (define it); explore it; today, find out who can enter kingdom GENERAL ACTIONTurn to Mark 10:13-16 (quickview)  (read it); passage tells us a few things about the kingdom; zeroes in on one main point POVEntrance into the Kingdom of God requires child-like faith; can’t work, buy, inherit your way in TRANSITION STATEMENTLets look more closely at passage and see what we can discover about the Kingdom
POINT 1The attraction to the Kingdom, v.13a POINT 2The distraction within the Kingdom, v.13b-14a POINT 3The transaction into the Kingdom, v.14b-16
SUBPOINT 1.1Jesus was real with the people; People are attracted to what is real, authentic; they desire it; Illustration of girl going to bed; not only real, but He accepted them SUBPOINT 2.1The disciples were standing in the way; forbid the people to bring the children to Jesus; He became “indignant” = “angry”; good reason, they were in opposition to key facet of the Kingdom SUBPOINT 3.1Jesus said the Kingdom belongs to the little children; not literal; made up of people who are teachable, moldable, dependent; yet 1 primary characteristic: trusting
SUBPOINT 1.2Acceptance is an attractive quality of the Kingdom; world seeks to separate and label, Kingdom seeks to accept and unite; John 3:16 (quickview)  – “whosoever” SUBPOINT 2.2God determines who is worthy of the kingdom, we don’t; wrong to impose human standards on spiritual kingdom; disciples – “too young”; we – “too bad, poor, troubled, weird, different”; we don’t say it out loud but thru silence SUBPOINT 3.2Child-like faith is the only way into the Kingdom; Illustration of jumping; the entrance exam asks one question: Do you trust Jesus? Not to keep you out of hell, but with your life; too many think Christianity = no fun, but look at v.16
SUBPOINT 1.3When believers live authentically, people will respond; authentic believers don’t label people; they practice acceptance, lift up Jesus; John 12:32 (quickview)  SUBPOINT 2.3We stand in the way when we are silent believers; Illustration of Bill Fay’s “sin of silence”; until confess sin of silence, witness, Kingdom will suffer SUBPOINT 3.3When we enter the Kingdom, Jesus blesses us; “bless” = “to speak well of with intention to prosper”; what Jesus did for children He’ll do for you
POVOnly people who exhibit child-like faith can enter the Kingdom of God SPECIFIC ACTIONWe invite you to come to Jesus today, enter the Kingdom SHARPIllustration of “Faith in God” card CONCLUSIONThe bus is stopped; do you have your “faith in God” card?
There was a little girl who didn’t want to go to bed because she was afraid to be left in there alone. One night she begged her mother, “Please stay in here. I don’t want to be by myself.” The mother was used to this and had used all sorts of things to reason with her daughter about this fear. This particular time she said, “Well, here’s your doll. She will keep you company.” “But I don’t want a doll,” the little girl sobbed. “I want someone with skin on their face.” In other words, “I want someone who is real”.