Entering the Kingdom of God

badge-markThis message by Pastor Rod Harris was delivered at Trinity Baptist Church on Sunday morning, September 30, 2007, and was taken from Mark 10:13-16.

And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them. (ESV)

What is necessary for salvation. There are a lot of opinions out in the market place, but there is only one voice that really matters. What does God say? The context of this passage is that the disciples are extremely frustrated with the crowd of mothers with children because of issues of time management and Jesus’ safety.

Entrance into the kingdom of God demands simple child-like faith. What is child-like faith like?

  1. A child-like faith is a helpless dependent faith.
  2. A child-like faith is an unpretentious and accepting faith which is marked by:
    1. unbelievable trust
    2. genuine humility
    3. the ability to readily receive
  3. A child-like faith always responds in unabashed love.
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