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Young and Making an Impact for God (John 6:5-13)

Prof. Catherine Muthuri, August 14, 2016
Part of the Empowering Children series, preached at a Sunday 1st Service service

YOUNG AND MAKING AN IMPACT FOR GOD
INTRODUCTION
A startling story is told in the Bible of a lad who once attended a
large outdoor event in ancient Israel. The leader of this gathering
was none other than the celebrated miracle worker: Jesus of
Nazareth. In this story Jesus nourishes 5000 men plus women
and children all because of one little boy’s big-heartedness in
offering his lunch consisting of five (5) loaves of bread and two
(2) fish. It was not about the magnitude of the gift, or the
predictable return from the gift, but instead it was just the
innocence of a child wanting to help in any way he could. Wess
Stafford, the President Emeritus of Compassion International,
agreeing with this Biblical analogy quips, "Every child you
encounter is a divine appointment." The young boy in the Scriptures
was a divine appointment. Children can be used of God to make
an impact. Ray Wilbur, third president of Stanford University,
affirms this when he says that, "The potential possibilities of any
child are the most intriguing and stimulating in all creation." May we be
those who will not hinder our Children; rather let’s be those who
will empower and guide them to love God and make an impact
in society.
Scripture reference: John 6: 5-13
1.Discuss the conversation between Jesus, Phillip and Andrew.
Compare and contrast the faith you see in Christ and the
realities playing out in both Andrew and Phillip.
2.The Little boy avails all his lunch: Five small barley loaves and
two small fish (John 6:9, 11).
a)What can we do to instil this spirit of generosity in our little
Children?
b)What could both the older and younger parents do to foster
an environment that enhances healthy and holistic development
of Children?
3.When growing up, we were relentlessly cautioned not to waste
food. Jesus replicates this thinking in the Gospel of John (John
6:12b NIV). Do we still uphold these virtues? Discuss.
4.When you were growing up, did you feel engaged and encouraged
by parents, school, church and community to make a
difference in society? Share. How can we help our children be
better prepared for life?
Memory Verse
Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for
the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."(Matthew 19:14, NIV).
A Prayer for the Children
Biblical Self-esteem
LORD Almighty, help our children develop a strong self-esteem that
is rooted in the realization that they are God's workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus. Amen. (Ephesians 2:10).

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