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 ...he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them. Mark 10 13-16 ESV
 
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36 And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them,

37 “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”

Mark 9:36-37 ESV



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I AM HIS CHILD FOREVER
Series: Fighting For Your Family
Message: Part Six ~ Children, God’s Special Gift   
Matthew 18:1–6; Ephesians 6:1–4
Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

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Sunday, June 09, 2013 ~ Sunday, June 16, 2013
Read I Thessalonians 2:7-12 and ask what we learn from Paul about parenting...

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Service Insert

June 09, 2013


I AM HIS CHILD FOREVER


Prelude

“All Creatures of Our God and King”  (arr. Gilbert Martin)
“Art Thou Weary”  (arr. Emma Lou Diemer)

Welcome  Mary Whelchel
Invocation  Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer


Call to Worship
  Sanctuary Choir and Instrumental Ensemble
“For the Beauty of the Earth” (John Rutter)

For the beauty of the earth, for the beauty of the skies,
For the love which, from our birth, over and around us lies:
Lord of all, to Thee we raise, this, our joyful hymn of praise.

For the beauty of each hour of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale and tree and flower, sun and moon and stars of light…

For the joy of human love – brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth, and friends above; for all gentle thoughts, and mild…

For each perfect gift of Thine to our race so freely given,
Graces human and divine, flowers of earth and buds of heaven:
Lord of all, to Thee we raise, this, our joyful hymn of praise.

(Text by F. S. Pierpont, Music by John Rutter ©1980 Oxford University Press)


The Love of God”  Hymnal 157
“Redeemed, How I Love to Proclaim It”  Hymnal 516
“Children of the Heavenly Father”  Hymnal 719
“Thank You, Lord”  Hymnal 513


Scripture Reading  John 10:7–10 (ESV) Nesitia Brown

So Jesus again said to them, 

Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.
  All who came before me are thieves and robbers,
    but the sheep did not listen to them.
“I am the door.
  If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.
  I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”


Testimony  Ariel Lee

Anthem  “Come to the Water”  (John Foley, SJ)

National Children’s Day  Jenna Skrak
Ministry Focus – By The Hand Club For Kids

Pastoral Prayer  Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Offertory  “A Medley of Sunday School Favorites”

Doxology – A Word of Praise”  Hymnal 815
Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise Him, all creatures here below.
Praise Him, above – ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.


FIGHTING FOR YOUR FAMILY
Part Six
Children, God’s Special Gift
Matthew 18:1–6; Ephesians 6:1–4
Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer


He Who Began a Good Work in You”  Hymnal 537
Benediction

Postlude  Dr. Paul Satre, organ
Largo  (Maurice Greene)



Sermon Notes

June 09, 2013


I AM HIS CHILD FOREVER

FIGHTING FOR YOUR FAMILY

Part Six

Children, God’s Special Gift

Matthew 18:1–6; Ephesians 6:1–4

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer


Ministry to children is the single most strategic ministry in God’s Kingdom.” – George Barna

Children today face lies, such as (1) their value is dependent on their appearance, (2) morals are to be personally chosen, and (3) sexual activity is appropriate at any age as long as it is done “safely.”


Mark 10; Matthew 18:1–6; Ephesians 6:1–4 ESV


What do children need to be good, but also to be godly?

1.  They need to be assured of love and security  (Matthew 18:1–6)


Mark 10 13-16 ESV

Let the Children Come to Me

13 And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. 14 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. 15 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” 16 And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.


Matthew 18:1–6 ESV

Who Is the Greatest?

18 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin,[a] it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.


Ephesians 6:1–4 ESV

Children and Parents

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.


2.  They need to see a godly lifestyle they can follow  (1 Corinthians 4:14–16) 

1 Corinthians 4 ESV:14–16

The Ministry of Apostles

14 I do not write these things to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. 15 For though you have countless[b] guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel. 16 I urge you, then, be imitators of me.


3.  They need to be taught obedience to authority  (Ephesians 6:1–3)

Ephesians 6:1–3 ESV

Children and Parents

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”


4.  They need to be taught both law and grace  (Titus 2:11–14) 

Titus 2:11–14 ESV

Teach Sound Doctrine

11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

a)  The benefits of the law  (Deuteronomy (6:4–9)

Deuteronomy 6:4–9 ESV

The Greatest Commandment

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[b] You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

b)  The need for grace  (1 Thessalonians 2:7–8, etc.)

1 Thessalonians 2:7–8, etc. ESV

Paul's Ministry to the Thessalonians

But we were gentle[c] among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.


5.  They need praying parents 

a)  Conversion is God’s work, not man’s 
b)  We see today, only God sees tomorrow


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Pastor to People

June 09, 2013

Just over a week ago, we learned that the bill to allow same-sex marriage was not called up for a vote in the Illinois Legislature. This was a huge victory for the families of Illinois and for religious freedom. As I’ve explained elsewhere, the far-reaching effects of this bill would go well beyond the question of whether marriage is simply the union of two or more people, whether male or female or any combination thereof. However, this moral battle is far from over, and we must be vigilant.

Today’s  assignment, whether you are married or single, has three parts:

1)  Read I Thessalonians 2:7-12 and ask what we learn from Paul about parenting.

2)  Apply his philosophy of parenting both as a mother and father (Paul says he does both) to your children, if God has so blessed you, or to the lives of other believers.

3)  Select one child (either yours or another’s) and pray for them earnestly every day for a week, asking the Lord not only for their conversion, but also their protection from the world. Above all, communicate with them and give them encouragement. 

God willing, next week I will be speaking in a church in Colorado, and Pastor Steve Mason will be taking my place here at The Moody Church. Then on June 23, Dr. Paul Nyquist, the President of Moody Bible Institute, will be the speaker in our morning service. I hope to be back in the pulpit on June 30, when my topic will be Enemies Outside the Home. Join me that day, then stay to celebrate with us at our annual Independence Day Concert and Ice Cream Social!

All for the King,
Pastor Lutzer