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This Week in SojournKids: Three Parables (Luke 15)

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Parents,

We'd love for you to use this short devotional to review this week's story with your kids.

Background: Jesus was approached by tax collectors and sinners. The Pharisees saw this and complained that Jesus has sinners eating with him. Jesus then told three parables. The parable of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the prodigal son. Jesus used three parables to teach people about God’s kingdom and how it is available to all people.

Opening/Ice Breaker:  Have you ever lost something valuable to you? What was it? How did you feel when it was lost?  How did you feel when/if you found it? Why did Jesus tell parables? He told parables to teach people about God and His Kingdom.

Read Luke 15

Questions/Apply it:

  • Who do the different people in the story represent?
  • How are we lost before coming to Jesus?
  • How does it make you feel knowing that there’s nothing you can do to earn God’s love but that He came looking for you?
  • Why did Jesus tell parables? He told parables to teach people about God and His Kingdom.

Prayer: God we thank you for parables. We do not deserve to enter into your kingdom. We thank you for loving your creation enough to welcome them in like the prodigal son. Amen .

REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: Why did Jesus tell parables? Jesus told parables to teach people about God and His kingdom.

Memory Verse: When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things. Mark 6:34

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 22 - Session 4

Under Construction VBS Day 5: Kingdom Mission (Matthew 28:19)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

We'd love for you to use this short devotional to review today's story with your kids.

Background: Today we were in the last chapter of Matthew and we heard about the ascension of Jesus. The disciples met Jesus in Galilee on the mountain when he told them to go. Jesus invites the disciples to participate in God’s kingdom by making disciples, baptizing, and teaching. Jesus invites us to do the same.

Opening/Ice Breaker: Have you ever been to a concert, basketball, or football game? Would you rather sit close or far away? Why is it fun to sit right up front?

Read Matthew 28:19

Questions/Apply it:

  • How have you seen Jesus transform you?
  • Why is it sometimes intimidating to share your story with others?
  • How does it make you feel knowing that Jesus has promised to always be with you, even in hard situations?

 

Under Construction VBS Day 4: Together in the Kingdom (Mathew 18, 20; John 13)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

We'd love for you to use this short devotional to review today's story with your kids.

Background: Today we discuss being first and last in the kingdom of God. An argument broke out among the disciples about who would be the greatest in God’s kingdom. They were looking at the kingdom all wrong! They asked Jesus and he told them that unless they changed and became like children you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. He encouraged them to humble themselves like children.

Opening/Ice Breaker: Have you ever want to be first in line for something? What was it? Why did you want to be first?

Read Matthew 18, 20; John 13

Questions/Apply it:

  • Do you know anyone who loves others with a humble heart? What are they like?
  • What do you enjoy about serving others? What is difficult?
  • Is it ever hard to be humble? Why or why not?

Under Construction VBS Day 3: The Priceless Kingdom (Matthew 13)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

We'd love for you to use this short devotional to review today's story with your kids.

Background: Today we learned about parables. Jesus often used parables when he taught. We often think that Jesus taught in parables to help his audience understand what He was saying. But actually, Jesus taught in parables so people wouldn’t understand Him! Jesus knew that many people weren’t really interested in hearing the truth about God’s kingdom. That’s why He taught in parables.

Opening/Ice Breaker: What is the most valuable thing you own? What does it mean to you? Today we learned that God’s Kingdom is our most valuable treasure.

Read Matthew 13

Questions/Apply it:

  • What is God’s kingdom?
  • How do we enter the kingdom?
  • Why is God’s kingdom our greatest treasure?

Under Construction VBS Day 2: The Upside-Down Kingdom (Matthew 5)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

We'd love for you to use this short devotional to review today's story with your kids.

Background: Today we learned about what kind of people enter God’s kingdom. Today’s story was about the sermon on the mount. Jesus explained to the crowd his people are like. In the kingdoms of this world it’s the powerful people who succeed. It’s those who have the most, eat the best, look amazing, and fight the hardest. But God’s kingdom is mixed-up and upside down. It belongs to people who are needy, humble, kind, and peaceable—even if they’re nothing much to look at.

Opening/Ice Breaker: How would you feel if you were famous? If you were famous who would you hangout with? You would probably have other famous friends, this is not what Jesus teaches is in the sermon on the mount. Jesus invites surprising people into God’s mixed-up kingdom!

Read Matthew 5

Questions/Apply it:

  • What were the 8 descriptions of people who are part of God’s Kingdom?
  • Of the types of people that Jesus taught about in the Beatitudes, which do you most identify with? Which one do you feel doesn’t describe you?
  • How does it make you feel knowing that God’s Kingdom is an “upside down” kingdom?