Jesus Grew Up: Who Is Jesus S1 E8 Notes

Jesus Grew Up: Who Is Jesus S1 E8 Notes

Season 1 - Meet The Family
Episode 8- “Jesus Grew Up”
Pastor Josh McPherson, March 31st, 2019
Text: Luke 2:22-52

This message is directed toward those 12-18… but all can listen and benefit.
Your Most Valuable Possession = The Gift of “yes” & “no”
How are you using your “yes’s” and “no’s”?
They can be gateways of blessing or gauntlets of regret.

Illustration: Coding: 1’s & 0’s… on/off… yes/no. Your life is like your phone, a product of your yes’s & no’s. Your life is built off the script of your yes’s and no’s.
How do you know what to say yes & no to?

v. 40 & v. 52 - “JESUS GREW”
Jesus learned
Jesus was a kid
Learning through trial and error…Jesus probably made mistakes.
Jesus never sinned, but he never cheated… he submitted to the limitations of humanity.


I. There is a difference between sin and mistakes.

Mistakes are a result of accidental ignorance or incompetence; Sin is a matter of motive. (Nobody accidentally sins)

Mistakes can instruct and teach us; Sin can damn and destroy us.

Mistakes are to be learned from; Sin is to be repented of.

Parents: We can do great damage to our children if we allow them to sin against God and others and never require them to repent; and we can do equal damage if we require them to repent for something that is not a sin but rather a mistake.

II. There is a natural correlation between age and maturity.

You shouldn’t expect a 4 year old to respond to disappointment the way a 24 year old responds to disappointment.

“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.” 1 Cor. 13:11

III. There is no natural correlation between aging and maturing.

Growing old is what everyone does; Growing up is what some people do.

Growing old is what happens naturally; Growing up is what happens intentionally.

“You can only be young once, but you can be immature for a lifetime.” - Greg McPherson


7 Ways Jesus Grew Up:

Jesus grew up by being in the right PLACE (v. 46)

… around the right PEOPLE (“He who walks with the wise becomes wise, but a companion of fools suffers harms and comes to ruin.” - Proverbs 13:20)

… in a right POSTURE (humility - asking questions & listening)

… learning God’s PRECEPTS (v. 47 - Do you have a worn Bible?)

… hungry for God’s PURPOSES (v. 48-49 - God’s will is in His Word)

… honoring his PARENTS (v. 51 - “An obedient, submissive inner spirit is the key to growing in wisdom.” & “Those who don’t submit to authority will not grow into maturity.”)

… growing in PERSONAL AWARENESS (I am the Son of God, “My Father”)

Closing Big Idea: So why should you say yes to God?

Because he’s already said yes to you, before you decided if you wanted to be on or off with Him.

He’s already put his yes on the table. He’s not against you, he’s for you. Our yes may still be in process. He’s already made the first move. He’s already put his yes on the table.

Your first yes should be to a PERSON…

Before you decided to say yes to God, God had already said yes to you through Jesus. Questions:

Getting to Know Me
What do you think of the idea that your life is made up of yes/no choices? What choices can you think of that you’ve made recently? …today?

Into the Bible
Read Psalm 1. Psalm 1 contrasts two mind-sets – two ways of approaching life – that lead to two very different results.

What labels does David use in v1 to describe the approach to life that the “blessed” person avoids, and that he would tell us to avoid?

What kinds of yes/no choices are being made here? How does this remind you of Proverbs 13:20 that Josh mentioned?

In v2, what does he say the blessed person does, instead? [Look for the “but” to tell you he’s contrasting something with the mindset from v1.]

Other verses:
James 1:2-5. What does James 1:5 say about how to get wisdom?
Romans 12:2. How do we get our minds renewed?
2 Timothy 3:16-17. How should scripture help us with our choices?


What was your main takeaway from Pastor Josh’s sermon? How were you impacted/encouraged?

In what ways did Jesus grow? [see Luke 2:40 and v52]

How can we grow in wisdom? How much effort is it worth?

Josh stressed the importance of our yes/no choices when we’re young. How do they continue to be important as we get older?

As Josh said, “Jesus didn’t cheat.” What difference does it make to you to think that Jesus had to grow up in all the ways we do and learn all the same things we have to learn?

What are some of the differences between mistakes and sins?

What difference does it make to you to know that Jesus presumably made mistakes as part of growing up?

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