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
- 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