The Parable of the Prodigal Son

Luke 15:32

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. (NIV)

Discussion

Compare Two Sons: Use the following questions to help the children understand:

Jesus is ready to forgive everyone – both “bad people” and self-righteous “good people.” God is Father to all. This lesson shows children that God’s love has no limits and they are always welcome to come back to HIM.

• How did the (Younger/Older) brother dishonor his father?

• How did the Father respond to the bad behavior (from Younger Son/Older Son)?

• What do you think it would take to make the Father stop loving this Son (Younger/Older)?

• What do you think the Son (Younger/Older) will do next?

• Which brother do you think Jesus wants us to copy?

• Which brother do you think deserved to be forgiven by the Father?

• What does the Father in this story show us about God?

• According to this story, what kind of people does God not love?


Application

Ask the children to think about one real person they know, or have heard about that seems like a very “bad” person.

Then ask the following questions:

• How does God feel about that person?

• How does God want you to feel about that person?

• Ask them to begin to pray for that person and to ask God to help them love that person better.

• Pray right away and continue daily to pray with them for this person.