Term 3 – Week 7

Big Idea – God loves his people and is overjoyed when a sinner puts his faith in Jesus

Luke 15:1-7

Lesson Background

This unit of work looks at God Big Kingdom. What does life look like in the Kingdom of God now and in the new creation? How do we become part of this Kingdom of God? How do we live as members of Gods kingdom through faith in Jesus Christ and what does it mean for eternity?

The three lost parables, 15:3-7, 8-10 & 11-32 are all told by Jesus in response to criticism from the Pharisees and teachers of the law, regarding his association with tax collectors & sinners, who complained ‘This man welcomes sinners, and eats with them’ (v.2). Jesus doesn’t share the same attitude as that of the Pharisees and teachers of the law, who hate tax collectors and mock the sinners, for His aim is to befriend these ‘undesirables’, and draw them to God, because God is a God who searches, finds and cares for the sinner. The way to God is through repentance. His arms are open wide to all people who will seek Him on His terms.

God will go to great effort and rejoice with great joy to find and restore a sinner to himself.

The parable of the lost sheep teaches us about God’s tender and protective care of His people. Jesus is like the shepherd who goes in search of his lost sheep: When he finds the lost sheep, he carries it home on his shoulders and rejoices that the lost sheep is found. The shepherd doesn’t just rejoice in the return of the lost sheep in private, but rather, he calls his friends and neighbours, so they too, can share in the joy of the rediscovered sheep. The point of the parable is: There is much joy in heaven over a single repentant sinner. There is a great celebration in heaven at the recovery of the lost sinner. We are all like sheep who have gone astray, and through faith in Jesus we are brought back to God and this is a cause for great rejoicing.

Outcomes

The children will understand what faith is and be encouraged to keep following Jesus. The children will appreciate the joy of following Jesus, and be encourage to celebrate repentance that leads to faith.

Songs

10,9,8 God is Great – Colin Buchanan

Memory Verse

If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 

Romans 10v9 

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