These 2 parables are the first 2 of a trilogy of parables found in Luke 15. We highly encourage you to go ahead and read the whole chapter as you prepare for these two lessons.
What are Parables?
Take this opportunity to teach your children what parables are. They are little stories Jesus told that teach us about the Kingdom of God. They are similar to fables in that they are stories with a deeper meaning. But fables give moral or ethical lessons. For example, the Tortoise and the Hare teaches us not to give up (if you are the tortoise) and not to be too full of yourself (if you are the hare). The Boy Who Cried Wolf teaches us that if we lie repeatedly, people won't believe us even when we are telling the truth. Parables teach us about life in the Kingdom of God, or life as a Christian.
First, note the context of these parables. Jesus was associating with tax collectors and "sinners", and the Pharisees were none too happy about it. They couldn't understand why Jesus would associated with such outcasts. So Jesus told them these three parables to illustrate a Kingdom lesson. Here are the commonalities between all 3 parables:
The Kingdom lesson in this parable: God loves all people, whether they are believers or not. He is actively looking for people who don't know him and wanting them to believe in him.
get your kids talking and engaged
Have you ever lost something that is very valuable to you? What did you do to try and find it?
Today, we're going to learn about 2 parables that Jesus told about some things that were lost.
teach a holistic story
Teach the children what a parable is (see the Story Summary above)
Read story from a Children's storybook Bible for younger children.
For older children, read the story from an age-appropriate Children's storybook Bible or read directly from the Bible.
give them basic Bible skills
Scripture for Kids to Read Aloud: Luke 15:1-10
make sure they understand the story
First, ask the children if they have any questions about the story. What to do if you don't know the answer?
help them apply the story to their lives and open up a conversation about faith and the gospel; close with prayer
hide God's Word in their heartEveryone should be quick to listen. But they should be slow to speak. They should be slow to get angry. James 1:19