God-Worshiping: God celebrates when the lost are found.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
“‘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.’”
Parables are lessons wrapped in stories. Jesus would teach important understandings about the Kingdom of God by using examples that everyone could understand. He told stories about sheep, because everyone lived in an agricultural society and saw sheep in the hills all the time. He told a story about a lost coin, because today as well, we hate to lose something valuable in our house, we won’t give up until we find it. Everyone understands that. Finally, Jesus told a story about the love a parent has for a child. Many of us have experienced that love either as a child or as a parent or a person who has experience love and care for another person. And from these stories, we find relatable ways to get a glimpse of what God is like and what the Kingdom of God is like.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What kind of collection does Granny have?
A. She has a ring collection.
Q. What does Liz want to do with the cookies?
A. He wants to give them to other kids so that they’ll be his friends.
Q. What is the name of the missing chick?
A. His name is Myron.
Q. What is Liz’s new name for Morrie?
A. He calls him “minion”.
Q. What animal did Grandpa find in the log?
A. He found a snake.
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.
We read the “lost” parables and learn a lot about God. Think about the shepherd, the woman who lost the coin and the father of the prodigal son. If these people represent what God is like when a person is lost, describe what God is like.
In each story, the person shows their love and their care. The shepherd knows each sheep and searches long and hard for the lost sheep. The woman is persistent in house search for the lost coin. The father rejoices when his son returns home.