School is In: Let’s Learn About Finding Forgiveness
STORY – The Prodigal Son (Luke 10:30-37)
I want to tell you Jesus’ Parable of the Prodigal Son.
Once there was a man, who had two sons. One of them demanded his part of his father’s fortune.
So his father gave him his inheritance.
But the son spent it on wild living, eventually he was so poor he worked for others, slopping pigs, and he wished he could eat what the pigs were eating.
(Why not go back to his dad?)
Good idea! He thought “my dad’s servants are treated better than this. I will go back and apologize. I’ll tell my dad I’m not worthy to be his son but to treat me like a servant. At least I won’t starve.
His dad saw him coming, and ran down the road to meet him, putting a ring on his finger and telling his servants to kill a big fat calf for a big feast to celebrate.
But not everyone was happy… the other son said “I’ve always done what you asked, but you never put on a party for me!” what do you think he was feeling?
You bet! And self-righteous… but his father said, “Everything that’s mine is yours, but it’s right to celebrate.” He said, “My son was dead to me, and now he’s back, alive!” What do you think?
(I think the second son was a dummy! And the first son was a dummy too!)
Okay, school’s out for now. See you next time!
- Review: We Always Review our “Golden Rule Rhyme.” Say together (substitute ‘Sunday school’ for something else such as ‘bible school’ where needed):
“As we gather in Sunday school, we will follow the Golden Rule. To each other be kind and true , as we want to be treated too!”
- Bible Savvy: Why didn’t the young person in the story feel he would be welcomed home? Was he surprised by his welcome? What does that tell us about God? Why was the other son who stayed behind so upset? Did he need God’s love, too?
- Doing and Being: People have said that holding on to unforgiveness is like drinking poison and expecting someone else to die. Do you think that is so? What are some examples of ways we can forgive?
- Smart Cookie: There is a difference between forgiving someone and letting them keep hurting you. Forgiveness doesn’t mean forgetting. But what to do if we feel like we can’t even forgive? (hint: Give it to God. Ask Jesus for help.)
- More Bible Savvy: What is Jesus trying to teach us? What does this tell us about God’s love for us if we turn away? Are we always welcome back? (hint: yes!!!)
- Imagine: Think about one time when maybe you broke a dish or for some reason thought you were in trouble… did that make you worry or maybe want to hide? Now, would it have been as good, if the Prodigal Son kept hiding away from his father? Why or why not?
- Drawing [materials: paper, crayons] Draw the faces of the dad and the two sons.
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