The Hillcrest Church Podcast

Do You Love Me? Questions Kids Won’t Ask Series

February 11, 2020

Do You Love Me? - Outline
Questions Kids Won’t Ask
February 9, 2019

Parenting is a huge ________________________________.

Parenting is a huge ________________________________.

Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him.

Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior’s hands. How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them! (Psalm 127:3–5a, NLT)


How do you reach your child’s heart?

1. Your kids will feel loved when you give them _________________.

Then Absalom sent for Joab to ask him to intercede for him, but Joab refused to come. Absalom sent for him a second time, but again Joab refused to come. (2 Samuel 14:29, NLT)

So Absalom said to his servants, “Go and set fire to Joab’s barley field, the field next to mine.” So they set his field on fire, as Absalom had commanded. (2 Samuel 14:30, NLT)

_________________________ attention is still attention.

Your kids don’t need a _______________________ parent but they do need a _________________________ parent.


2. Your kids will feel loved when you give them _______________.

And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.” (Hebrews 8:12, NLT)

LORD, if you kept a record of our sins, who, O Lord, could ever survive? (Psalm 130:3, NLT)

But you offer forgiveness, that we might learn to fear you. (Psalm 130:4, NLT)


The Bible defines love in this way.

Love is ________________ and ___________________.
Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude.
It does not demand its own way.
It is not ______________________________,
and it keeps _________________________ of being wronged.
(1 Corinthians 13:4–5, NLT)


3. Your kids will feel loved when you show them ________________

Covenantal love is the kind of love that ___________________ for us.

I am slow to anger and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness. I lavish unfailing love to a thousand generations. I forgive iniquity, rebellion, and sin. (Exodus 34:6b–7a, NLT)

Covenantal love _______________ and _______________________.

May he reign under God’s protection forever. May your unfailing love and faithfulness watch over him. (Psalm 61:7, NLT)


Covenantal love is _______________________despite

This is a trustworthy saying: If we die with him, we will also live with him. If we endure hardship, we will reign with him. If we deny him, he will deny us. If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is. (2 Timothy 2:11–13, NLT)

Covenantal love is a love that never __________________________.

The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. (Lamentations 3:22–23, NLT)


How can you communicate love to your kids?

Protect them.
Watch over them.
Be faithful when they are faithless.
Never give up on them.

Encourage __________________ over ________________________.


Digging Deeper
A deeper study for individuals and small groups

Describe a time when you felt you really blew it as a parent.*
How did you feel at that time? How did you get through it?
*If you are not a parent think about another relationship that you have in life.

Read 1 Corinthians 13, particularly focus on v. 4-8.
What stands out to you about these descriptions of love?
Is there anything that surprises you? If so, why?

Read these verses about the kind of love that God shows:
John 3:16, 1 John 3:1, Jeremiah 31:3, 1 John 4:8-11.

How do these verses compare with 1 Corinthians 13?

Compare our love for God with his love to us.
Explain the relationship between our love for other people and God’s love for us.

Paul wanted to teach the Christians in Corinth that they should not follow their emotions (See 1 Corinthians 10:6-11).

Discuss how, in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, Paul describes love as a good attitude that causes right behaviour, and not as an emotion.

Discuss how each phrase in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 describes the nature of God. For example, explain how patient God is (see 2 Peter 3:9).

Is there one area in this list of the qualities of love where you are really strong? What is it?

Is there one area in this list of the qualities of love where you are really weak? What is it?

What could you do this week to grow in this one area?


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