Children Naturally Ask Questions.• God knew that children would ask questions. – It’s a good way of learning!• He prepares us to be prepared to answer. Ephesians 6:1-4; Deut. 6:20; Ex. 12:26
What Will You Say WhenYour Children Ask You…• Why do you go to worship services? John 4:23-24; Psalm 122:1; 1 Timothy 3:15 – To honor God. 1 Timothy 1:17; Hebrews 12:28 – To encourage others. 1 Corinthians 14:26 – To grow in one’s personal faith. Acts 2:42 – Be careful not to show complaints, burdens, etc. and taint their vision of God’s people. 1 John 5:2-3; Phil. 2:14
What Will You Say When Your Children Ask You…• Why is “Church of Christ” on the building? – Jesus built His church. Mt. 16:18; Acts 2:47 – “church of Christ” is its scriptural name. Romans 16:16; we belong to Christ Acts 20:28 • The word “church” means, “the called out ones”. – The building is just where the church meets. Examples… Acts 2:46; 1 Corinthians 11:18, 20 • Not a denominational name or affiliation. • It is a place where spiritual work is done.
What Will You Say WhenYour Children Ask You…• Why do we have bible classes and worship services? 2 Timothy 2:2 – We grow in faith by hearing/learning God’s word. John 6:44-45; Romans 10:17 – Bible classes are a teaching arrangement used to help us grow. 2 Peter 3:18; Acts 19:9-10 – Worship assemblies provide the time to do some other things that the Lord wants us to do together. Hebrews 10:24-25
What Will You Say WhenYour Children Ask You…• Why do we offer prayers? – God commands it. 1 Thes. 5:17-18 – It follows the example of early Christians. Acts 2:42 – Because God hears and answers His people’s prayers. 1 John 5:14-15 – We need the peace and help that we can receive by prayer. Phil. 4:6-7
What Will You Say WhenYour Children Ask You…• What is the point of singing spiritual songs? – To praise God. Hebrews 13:15; James 5:13 – To teach and admonish each other. Colossians 3:16; Ephesians 5:19 • It’s a way to let Christ’s word to dwell in us richly.
What Will You Say WhenYour Children Ask You…• What is the Lord’s Supper about? – It is a sharing with Christ by partaking emblems of His body and blood. 1 Cor. 10:16; 11:27-29 – It is remembering what Christ has done for us and a proclaiming of his future return. 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 – It’s an expression of our unity in Christ. 1 Cor. 10:17; 11:17-22
What Will You Say WhenYour Children Ask You…• Why do you give money every week? – Because a need and command for this exists. 1 Cor. 16:1-2 – Because it is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35 – Because it is an expression of our good heart but we also look forward to God’s future blessings. 2 Cor. 9:6-8
What Will You Say WhenYour Children Ask You…• Why do we have gospel preaching at every worship service? – Because of the gospel’s source. 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 4:2 – Because of the gospel’s power! Rom. 1:16 – Because of the gospel’s relevance in our lives! 2 Peter 1:3-4
What Will You Say WhenYour Children Ask You…• What is the gospel invitation? – It is your opportunity to be saved. Acts 2:36-37; 2 Cor. 5:15 – It’s God’s call to you to be saved. Acts 2:37-39; Mt. 11:28 – It is the only way out of your sin. Jn. 14:6; 2 Cor. 6:2
Conclusion:• Adults: May we renew our efforts to always teach our children the way of God! Eph. 6• Children: You can see the value and spiritual safety of accepting God’s answers to every question of life. Matthew 6:33
Ask And Ye Shall Receive? Matthew 7:7-8• We know that children will ask all kinds of questions. Let us prepare to answer them especially in the realm of God’s truth.• God wants us to use this opportunity to teach the children of Him. Deut. 6:20, 6-7
What Will You Say When Your Children Ask You…• About the church of Christ? Mt. 16:18; Eph. 1:21-23; 4:4; 5:23 – Why are we different than other churches? John 17:14-17; John 18:36 – Does it matter which church you are a member of? Acts 2:47; Romans 16:16 – Why are we so small? 1 Cor. 1:26-29 – Why don’t we use instrumental music? Col. 3:16-17; 1 Cor. 4:6 – Why don’t we have women preachers? 1 Timothy 2:11-15
What Will You Say WhenYour Children Ask You…• About dating and marriage?• What is wrong with living with someone before marriage? – It is fornication. 1 Corinthians 7:2; Heb. 13:4 – Marriage is ordained by God. Genesis 2:22,24; Matthew 19:4-6• Why can’t I divorce and remarry for any cause? Matthew 19:3-9; Romans 7:2-3 – Because doing so would make you an adulterer.
What Will You Say WhenYour Children Ask You…• About dancing and drinking?• Why don’t we dance? – It generates lustful thoughts and lewd conduct. 1 Peter 4:3; Galatians 5:19 “unbridled lust” – It does not promote holiness. 1 Thes. 4:1-8• Why don’t we drink alcohol? – God prohibits it in all forms and degrees. 1 Peter 4:3 – It is foolish and harmful. Prov. 20:1; 23:29-35 – It provides a worldly example. 1 Thes. 5:21-22
What Will You Say WhenYour Children Ask You…• How should we treat others?• What’s wrong with treating others the way same way they treat me? – We should always treat others as we want to be treated. Mt. 7:12 – We should be like Jesus and not revile in return. 1 Peter 2:19-23• Why do you discipline (spank) me? – Because I love you. Prov. 13:24; 3:12 – To correct you and help you learn best. Prov. 19:18; 22:15
What Will You Say WhenYour Children Ask You…• About sin and salvation? – Why do the people we love sin? 1 Cor. 10:12-13 – Why doesn’t everyone obey the gospel? Mt. 7:21; 2 Cor. 4:3-4 – What must I do to be saved? Rom. 1:16; 10:17; Acts 2:38; Rom. 10:10; Acts 22:16; Rev.2:10 – What must I do as a Christian to be forgiven of my sins? Acts 8:22-24; 1 Jn. 1:9
Conclusion:• Our children will ask many questions about God, Christ, the church, the Bible and so many other important related things.• Let us learn how to answer them and what answers will give them the most strength to secure them and the next generations of those who will have their faith in Christ for salvation!Michael G Smith