YEAH! Church - Sunday, June 20, 2021 - FATHER'S DAY
"Stories of Jesus” – Some people in Jesus’ day thought that God didn’t love everyone. They thought that some people had done too many bad things for God to want to be their friend. Jesus told the story of the ‘forgiving father’ to show that God never gives up on us and is willing to forgive us when we’re sorry for the bad things we do. There is no one who cannot be forgiven by God.
Today’s Lesson - “The Forgiving Father”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJgROx4wFKM (Saddleback Kids – The Prodigal Son)
Jesus’ Story – “The Prodigal Son”
Luke 15:11-32, NLT
Jesus told them this story: “A man had two sons. 12 The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons.
13 “A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living. 14 About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. 15 He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. 16 The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything.
17 “When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! 18 I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, 19 and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’
20 “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. 21 His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.’
22 “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. 23 And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, 24 for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.
25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the fields working. When he returned home, he heard music and dancing in the house, 26 and he asked one of the servants what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother is back,’ he was told, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf. We are celebrating because of his safe return.’
28 “The older brother was angry and wouldn’t go in. His father came out and begged him, 29 but he replied, ‘All these years I’ve slaved for you and never once refused to do a single thing you told me to. And in all that time you never gave me even one young goat for a feast with my friends. 30 Yet when this son of yours comes back after squandering your money on prostitutes, you celebrate by killing the fattened calf!’
31 “His father said to him, ‘Look, dear son, you have always stayed by me, and everything I have is yours. 32 We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!’”
• In Jesus’ story a son demanded that his father give him his inheritance. What did the father do?
• The son wasted it all! What happened to all his friends?
• A famine came to the land and the son was starving. What did he decide to do?
• The father saw the son coming. What did he do?
• Everyone makes mistakes and disobeys God. What did Jesus teach would happen if we are sorry and go to God?
1 John 1:9 - “If we confess our sins to him, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”
Prayer - Thank you, God, that your love is so powerful that there is nothing I can do to make you not love me. Help me to always live in a way that please you!
~ Pastor Jane
In addition to being a church minister, Pastor Jane is also a trained teacher and has many years of experience working with children in churches, camps, daycares and schools. Parents' Corner is provided to give parents and caregivers support especially as pertains to mental health and related topics.
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