Luke 15: The Prodigal Son
The parable of the prodigal son is well told after the parable of the good shepherd leaving the 99 to find the one. Once children understand the joy of finding the one lost sheep, they will better understnad how much joy there is in finding one lost brother, son, sister or daughter. Explain that Christ shared a story to help teach some important things about a person who becomes “lost” and the joy that is felt when he is found.
Use the story cards to tell the story. Two versions are included. One uses the words directly from the scriptures. The other is a simpler version. Choose the one that best fits your family’s needs.
Hand out a card to each family member. Have them read their card when it’s their turn. (Non readers can use the pictures as a prompt.)
After all the cards have been read, let each family member tell in their own words how they feel about the events that happened on their card.
Ask how we can be like the father in this story when we have loved ones who are lost? What can we learn from the older son’s experience that can help us be more Christlike? In what ways is the father in this parable like our Heavenly Father? How is this parable similar to the Lost Sheep? How do both parables help us know more about Heavenly Father’s love for each one of us.
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