We'd love for you to use this short devotional to review this week's story with your kids.
Background: Jesus tells a parable about a tax collector and a pharisee. These two men went to the temple to pray. The pharisee begins to pray, thanking God that he wasn't like the tax collector. The tax collector prayed a humble pray begging God to be merciful to him because he was a sinner. Jesus used this parable to teach the people that who exalts himself will be humbled and everyonewho is humble will be exalted.
Opening/Ice Breaker: What are you good at? Is there something you want to be good at? Is it right to brag? Why did Jesus tell parables? He told parables to teach people about God and His Kingdom.
Read Luke 18:9-14
- How would you feel if you were the tax collector and heard someone pray this to God about you?
- Who is the most humble person you know?
- Why do we need God’s grace and mercy?
- Why did Jesus tell parables? He told parables to teach people about God and His Kingdom.
Prayer: God we thank you for parables. We are desperately in need of your grace and mercy. God help us to act humbly and show your grace and mercy to others. 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 5