The Prodigal Son
Remind self and students that we must repent (turn away from sin), ask forgiveness, and for God's help to not do it again. Thankful that the Holy Spirit is there to help and if needed, convict/remind us.
How much God loves us, and how He doesn't hold a grudge. That asking forgiveness is important. Repentance is required, not just being sorry.
Any Required Materials:
Luke 15:11-32, Matthew 6:9-13, Luke 5:32
Have you ever been afraid to ask for forgiveness? Is there a limit on the number of times you can ask forgiveness (what if it's the same sin over and over)? What is true repentance?
We should never be afraid to ask for forgiveness. God is nothing but gentle and loving when we repent. God has unlimited grace for us no matter what we've done (aside from total rejection of Jesus as Lord and Savior).
Remind students of how to ask for forgiveness as in Matthew 6:12 "And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors."
How much love and mercy waits for those who are truly sorry when asking for God's forgiveness. How great it is God does not hold a grudge but forgets our sin. Thankful for grace upon grace. Thankful that the Holy Spirit is there to help and if needed, convict/remind us, that just as Christ has forgiven us, we should should also forgive others.
Grace is a 'meaty' topic unto itself.
May loose some understanding regarding grace.
Perhaps stay focused more on story and less verse hoping but not sure?
Is consistent with teaching about Jesus, his love for us, his death on the cross for our sins.
Should be be afraid to ask God for forgiveness? How many times should we forgive other people? Was the Prodigal Son truly sorry or sorry he was caught?
Related Bible Verses:
I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
Then Jesus continued, “A man had two sons;
and the younger of them said to his father ‘Father, give me my share of the inheritance.’ So the father divided the property between them.
A few days later the younger son got together all that he had, and went away into a distant land; and there he squandered his inheritance by leading a dissolute life.
After he has spent all that he had, there was a severe famine through all that country, and he began to be in actual want.
So he went and engaged himself to one of the people of that country, who sent him into his fields to tend pigs.
He even longed to satisfy his hunger with the bean-pods on which the pigs were feeding; and no one gave him anything.
But, when he came to himself, he said ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more bread than they can eat, while here am I starving to death!
I will get up and go to my father, and say to him “Father, I sinned against heaven and against you;
I am no longer fit to be called your son; make me one of your hired servants.”’
And he got up and went to his father. But, while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was deeply moved; he ran and threw his arms around his neck and kissed him.
‘Father,’ the son said, ‘I sinned against heaven and against you; I am no longer fit to be called your son; make me one of your hired servants.’
But the father turned to his servants and said ‘Be quick and fetch a robe – the very best – and put it on him; give him a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet;
and bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry;
for here is my son who was dead, and is alive again, was lost, and is found.’ So they began making merry.
Meanwhile the elder son was out in the fields; but, on coming home, when he got near the house, he heard music and dancing,
and he called one of the servants and asked what it all meant.
‘Your brother has come back,’ the servant told him, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has him back safe and sound.’
This made him angry, and he would not go in. But his father came out and begged him to do so.
‘No,’ he said to his father, ‘look at all the years I have been serving you, without ever once disobeying you, and yet you have never given me even a young goat, so that I might have a merrymaking with my friends.
But, no sooner has this son of yours come, who has eaten up your property in the company of prostitutes, than you have killed the fattened calf for him.’
‘Child,’ the father answered, ‘you are always with me, and everything that I have is yours.
We could but make merry and rejoice, for here is your brother who was dead, and is alive; who was lost, and is found.’”
The times of ignorance therefore God overlooked. But now he commands that all people everywhere should repent,