Lesson Title: The Prodigal Son
Scripture: Luke 15: 11-32
Our theme is GRACE

What is happening in this story?

The parable begins when the younger of two sons asks his father, prematurely, for his share of the inheritance.  Upon receiving it, he moves quickly into a selfish lifestyle and soon finds that life can be very difficult.  Not only that, but he’s lonely for his family.  What he previously failed to value, he now sees as precious.  So he heads home, planning to beg to be given a servant’s job.  Of course, his father greets him very differently than that, graciously and lovingly throwing a party in his honor – much to his older brother’s dismay.  

Why does this story matter for kids?

Every kid has messed up at some point.  It might be something big like harming a friend or sibling, or something of lesser consequence, like not cleaning their room.  For many kids, doing something wrong leads them to wonder if they are still loved.  Children need to know that actions have consequences, but this certainly does not mean they are no longer loved – by caregivers or by God.  

Why this theme? 

The small word GRACE is huge in significance for Christian faith, and this parable brings the concept vividly to life.  Jesus’ point, of course, is that God’s grace is more powerful than any of our bad decisions, and that God will always welcome us home.  

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Taken directly from Whirl Sunday School Curriculum 2016

Whirl Classroom Sunday School Curriculum. Sparkhouse, 2016.