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Sunday Morning 07/23 (Unit 22, Session 5: The Pharisee and the Tax Collector)

Jesus was making His way to Jerusalem—the place where everything written about the Son of Man would be accomplished. (See Luke 18:31-33.) Jesus moved between towns and villages, teaching Pharisees and scribes, tax collectors and sinners, and His own disciples along the way. Luke 18:9-14 describes a parable Jesus told to a specific group: “to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and looked down on everyone else” (Luke 18:9).

The parable presents two men who went up to the temple complex to pray. The first, a Pharisee, was proud and believed he was righteous because of his own deeds. He stood up and prayed, thanking God that he was not as sinful as other people.

The second, a tax collector, humbly acknowledged his sin and asked God for mercy. Jesus explained that the tax collector—and not the Pharisee—went home justified.

The tax collector knew he needed God to forgive him, and he cried out to God. Everyone is a sinner who needs forgiveness. Jesus took the punishment for our sin by dying on the cross. We can cry out to God like the tax collector and because of Jesus, God will forgive us.

As you talk with your kids, explain that God rejects the proud but gives grace to the humble. (See Jas. 4:6.) The sin of pride keeps us from Jesus. Pride is thinking we are better than we really are. Someone with the attitude of the Pharisee sees no need for Jesus. The Pharisee focused on sins he had avoided rather than confessing his sin, but the tax collector knew he had no standing before a righteous God. He asked for mercy, and God was merciful to him.

God did not look at the Pharisee—nor does He ever look at us—and say, “Wow, that’s impressive.” God sees us for who we really are: sinners in need of forgiveness. Jesus took the punishment for our sin by dying on the cross. God wants everyone to be saved (see 1 Tim. 2:4; 2 Pet. 3:9), and we can come to Him with nothing but empty hands of faith. We can cry out to God like the tax collector and because of Jesus, God will forgive us.

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FAMILY STARTING POINTS

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • Jesus told stories about God.
    • Jesus told a story about people needing God’s forgiveness.
    • The tax collector asked God to forgive him.
    • God forgives us through His Son, Jesus.
  • Preschool
    • Why did Jesus tell stories? Jesus told stories to teach people about God.
    • Jesus taught about being humble.
  • Kids
    • Why did Jesus tell parables? Jesus told parables to teach people about God and His kingdom.
    • God rejects the proud but gives grace to the humble.

 UNIT KEY PASSAGE

  • Mark 6:34

 NEXT WEEK

  • “The Wicked Tenants” (Matthew 21:33-45)

 

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Sunday Morning 07/02 (Unit 22, Session 2: The Unmerciful Servant)

Jesus had been teaching His disciples when Peter asked Jesus, “How many times should I forgive my brother when he sins against me?” Peter suggested seven times. Jews considered it standard to show forgiveness three times (see Job 33:29-30), so Peter probably thought he was going above and beyond. Jesus answered Peter’s question by telling a story about an unmerciful servant.

In the parable, a servant owed his master ten thousand talents. A talent was equal to about 20 years of wages. Ten thousand talents represented a debt that could never be repaid. Faced with debtors’ prison, the servant begged for more time to repay the master. Instead, the master released his servant and forgave the great debt.

The same servant went out and confronted a man who owed him a hundred denarii—about 100 days of wages. The man begged for more time, but the servant refused and put the man in prison. When the master heard what happened, he was angry that the servant who had been forgiven a great debt did not show mercy to the man who owed a small debt. So the master put the man in prison until he could pay his debt. Jesus concluded the parable by explaining that God would react in the same way to anyone who does not forgive his brother.

We are like the servant, and God is like the master.

Nothing we do is enough to pay the debt we owe God and take away God’s punishment for our sin. Jesus came and died on the cross to pay for our sin and take the punishment we deserve. When we trust in Jesus, God forgives our sin completely. We can forgive others because God has greatly forgiven us.

As you talk with your kids, emphasize that God shows mercy to us so that we will show mercy to others—not just three times or seven times, but many, many times—not keeping count. We have been forgiven a great debt, so we can forgive others when they sin against us.

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FAMILY STARTING POINTS

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • Jesus told stories about God.
    • Jesus told a story about forgiveness.
    • God forgives us through His Son, Jesus.
    • We forgive others because Jesus forgives us.
  • Preschool
    • Why did Jesus tell stories? Jesus told stories to teach people about God.
    • Jesus taught about God’s forgiveness.
  • Kids
    • Why did Jesus tell parables? Jesus told parables to teach people about God and His kingdom.
    • God shows mercy to us so that we will show mercy to others.

 UNIT KEY PASSAGE

  • Mark 6:34

 NEXT WEEK

  • “The Good Samaritan” (Luke 10:25-37)

 

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Sunday Morning 9/4 (Unit 12, Session 3: Praises of God’s People)

This week we will look at a few psalms to see how people wrote the Book of Psalms, or songs, to God to worship Him and praise Him for who He is. Some of the psalms celebrate God’s goodness. Some of the psalms are requests by God’s people for God to provide and protect them. Still other psalms express the people’s awareness of their sin or ask God why He does what He does.

In the Old Testament, whenever God’s people cried out for mercy and forgiveness, praised God, or thanked Him, God heard their prayers. He promised to answer them, and He did when He sent His Son, Jesus. Jesus meets our greatest need by providing salvation from sin so we can be forgiven and have eternal life.

Help your kids understand that God delights in hearing from us. Encourage them to be real with God in how they talk with Him and to share their joys, sorrows, and questions with Him. Remind them that God hears their prayers and that God has already given our greatest need—Jesus.

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FAMILY STARTING POINTS

●      Babies and Toddlers

  • God is good.
  • People wrote songs to worship God.
  • We read the psalms in the Bible.
  • Some psalms told about God’s plan to send Jesus.

●      Preschool

  • Why can we trust God? We can trust God because He is good.
  • People wrote songs to praise God.

●      Kids

  • Why can we trust God? Everything God does is for His glory and our good.
  • People wrote songs to praise God because of who He is.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

●      Psalm 100:5

 

NEXT WEEK

●      “Elijah Confronted Evil Ahab” (1 Kings 18)

 

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Sunday Morning 7/17 (Unit 10, Session 6: David Sinned and Was Restored)

This week are going to learn about God’s unending forgiveness that David experienced and we can too because of Jesus. David sinned against God by taking Bathsheba away from Uriah and having Uriah killed in combat, but when God sent Nathan to confront him about his sin, David repented and God forgave him. David’s sin came with a price though, as sin always does.

In the same way, we can receive God’s forgiveness too because God sent His Son, Jesus, to pay the price for our sin. Jesus died the death we deserve so that we could be made right with God.

Help your kids understand that sin is serious and that God has not promised to spare us from its consequences. At the same time, point out the love, mercy, and grace of God that we experience because of Jesus and how in Jesus we have been completely forgiven of all our sin.

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FAMILY STARTING POINTS

●      Babies and Toddlers

  • Jesus is our King.
  • David made a wrong choice.
  • David asked God to forgive him, and God forgave David.
  • God forgives us through His Son, Jesus.

●      Preschool

  • Who is our King? Jesus is our King forever.
  • God forgave David.

●      Kids

  • Who is our King? Jesus is our King forever, and He rules over the world.
  • God forgave David when he repented of his sin.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

●      Psalm 47:7-8 (Preschool: Psalm 47:7)

NEXT WEEK

●      “Solomon Asked for Wisdom” (1 Kings 2:1-4,10-12; 3:1-15)

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Sunday Morning 2/21 (Unit 6, Session 3: God Gave Rules for Sacrifice)

This week, we continued our journey through the Bible using The Gospel Project® for Kids and examined the rules that God gave His people for how to worship Him in the tabernacle. God required sacrifices from the people when they sinned. The book of Hebrews tells us that the sacrifices themselves did not save the people, but it was their faith in the Sacrifice of Jesus who was to come that saved them.

Help your kids realize that Jesus it the ultimate and perfect Sacrifice and salvation is found in Him alone.

THREE

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers

God is holy.
God is holy; He always does what is right.
People make wrong choices. People do not obey God.
God gave His people rules for worshiping Him.
God sent Jesus because He loves us.

Preschool

Who can keep God’s law? No one can keep God’s law except Jesus.
God provided a way to forgive His people.

Kids

Who can keep God’s law? No one can keep God’s law perfectly except Jesus.
Because God is holy, God requires a sacrifice for sin.

NEXT WEEK

“Worship Only God” (Deuteronomy 1; 3:23-4:40)

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