THE PARABLE OF THE LOST SHEEP
“I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” - LUKE 15:7
Like a shepherd and his sheep, Jesus loves and protects his people.
Jesus rescues the lost.
Open your bibles to today’s passage. Read it together as a family.
- What is a shepherd’s job?
- What happened to the shepherd in this parable? How did he bring his missing sheep back to the flock?
- How is Jesus like the shepherd in this story?
- What do you think the bible means when it says people are “lost” without Jesus?
- What happened when the lost sheep in the story was found? What did Jesus say happens when sinners turn away from their sin? (see today’s key verse)
- How does it feel to know that God will never stop “looking” for you?
To affirm someone is to tell them what you know to be true about them. We can see affirmation used to uplift people in Scripture. (ex: Paul’s letters to the churches; see Philemon 1:4-7).
Take this time to encourage each member of your family through affirmation.
How do you see them becoming more like Jesus? What makes you thankful for them? Share these things with one another now as a family.
Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:
Dear God, thank you for rescuing me
You are a God who loves and cares for me
Please help me to point lost people to you
In Jesus’s name, amen