This Week in SojournKids: The Unmerciful Servant (Matthew 18:21-35)

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

Background: This past Sunday we learned about a parable that Jesus told of the unmerciful servant. It ll began with Peter asking Jesus how many times he should forgive others. Jesus tells Peter that he should forgive his neighbor seventy seven times. Jesus goes on to tell a parable about a servant who was forgiven by his master. This same servant does not show forgiveness in the same way that he was shown forgiveness and he is punished. Jesus using this parable to show us the importance of forgiveness.

Opening/Ice Breaker: Have you ever asked for forgiveness? Was it hard to ask for forgiveness? Have you ever offered someone forgiveness? Was it hard to give forgiveness?

Read Matthew 18: 21-35

Questions/Apply it:

  • How many times did Peter think he should forgive someone? (seven times, Matt. 18:21 )
  • How many times did Jesus say to forgive someone? (seventy times seven times, Matt. 18:22 )
  • What did the servant ask the king to do? (give him more time, Matt. 18:26 )
  • What did the king do for the servant? (The king forgave him, Matt. 18:27 )
  • Who paid the debt for our sin? (Jesus, Rom. 4:25 )
  • Why can we forgive others? (God has greatly forgiven us, Eph. 4:32)


God we thank you for parables. We do not deserve the forgiveness that you have shown us all. We thank you for that forgiveness and your love. We pray that we can show the same forgiveness to others that has been shown to us. 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 2