Term 3 – Week 9

Big Idea – God celebrates when a person/sinner puts their faith in Jesus for is a forgiving father.

Luke 15:11-31

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 son teaches us about God’s character and the availability of forgiveness. God is like the loving father who welcomes back the wayward son. He receives the son back with full privileges: the servants are told to clothe the son immediately with the best clothes, put a ring on his finger and give him sandals. The son goes from destitution to restoration. And then the father calls for a celebration in honour of the sons return.

The point of the parable matches is summed up in verse 31: ‘“My son,” the father said, “you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.”’ God is a generous and forgiving God who welcomes the repentant sinner with great joy back into his family/kingdom! It is cause for great celebration. What’s interesting about this parable is the response of the elder son (not explored in the lesson with the kids) who is angry at the father’s forgiveness towards the repentant son. Who are we to questions God’s generosity?! Our response should match our God – one of great joy.

Outcomes

The children will understand what faith is and be encouraged to keep following Jesus. The children will express their love for God our heavenly father, and appreciate the joy of following Jesus, they will be encouraged 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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