- Discuss this past Sunday and what it was like coming back home to Praise Church on Walker Rd.
The Bible is filled with stories that reveal the heart of God, but the classic story we are studying today has to be one of the clearest and compelling depictions in the Bible. Not only will this story reveal God to you over and over again, it is one of the best stories to share with others when they feel distanced or alienated from God.
READ Luke 15:1-3
- What two types of people were in Jesus’ audience (tax collectors/sinners & Pharisees/scribes, the religious and irreligious)?
- Verse 3 states, “So he told them this parable”. Jesus actually tells the audience three consecutive stories (Lost Sheep, Lost Coin, and Lost Son). What are common elements within each story (something was lost, there was a search, item was found, celebration)?
- Telling three consecutive stories that share the same elements demonstrates how strongly Jesus wanted to reveal His father’s heart to His audience.
READ Luke 15:11-12
- The two sons in the story represent the two types of people in the audience (elder son = Pharisees, younger son = sinners). The Father in the story represents God.
- The request for an early inheritance would have been shocking and a sign of deep disrespect. What do you think the request for an early inheritance followed by leaving home communicated to the father (“I want your things, but not you”)?
READ Luke 15:13-19
- At the end of this passage, the son makes two conclusions: 1) He has sinned against God and his father (Is this true?), 2) He is not worthy to be called His son (loss of intrinsic worth because of behavior, Is this true? Why?). Have you ever struggled with not being worthy to be God’s child? If so, why did you come to that conclusion?
READ Luke 15:20-24
- What was the actions of the father (saw him a long way off, felt compassion, ran to him, embraced him, kissed him, gave him the best robe, put a ring on his finger, gave him shoes, killed the calf, and through a party).
- To get the impact of this story, It is necessary to remember why Jesus is telling the story (to reveal God’s heart). Can you accept this depiction of God? If not, why? If so, how does this affect you?
- What could have prevented the younger son from returning home (personal shame, judgmental older brother, fear of the father)? Discuss each.
- How do you think the audience responded (sinners probably rejoiced and the Pharisees probably scoffed and acted like the older brother who refused to join the celebration)?
Week 5 – How God sees me is bigger than how I see myself
This purpose of this series is to help the kids understand the greatness and grandeur of
God. We’ll study how God is not only bigger than the massive universe He created, but also how He is bigger than all of the things we face as humans. Though He is big, He is still willing to be personal and intimate in a relationship with each one of us.
Main Point: How God sees me is bigger than how I see myself!
Memory Verse: “No one is like you, Lord. You are great and your name is mighty in power.”
Below are resources you can use during your weekly time with the kids of your small group. This content will help them remember and further understand what they are being taught on Sundays in Praise Kids. Get to know the kids in your group, and order these elements to create the best flow for the time you have with these particular kids. If you ever have any questions or need tips on how to be successful with the content, feel free to contact us!
Sermon – Gideon being called to save Israel
Main point – God made Gideon to be someone far greater than Gideon knew. Judges 6:11-16
– Gideon saw himself as weak.
– The story of Gideon being chosen as the redeemer of Israel is an unlikely one. Gideon’s
nation, Israel, has been overrun with invaders and have no ability to protect themselves. Gideon’s tribe Manessah, is weak as well. In his own family Gideon was the youngest in his family (this typically meant that he was considered the least important in his family).
– God saw Gideon as a mighty warrior.
– God claimed that Gideon was not weak and powerless. God told Gideon that he was a
mighty warrior who would go in the strength that he had and would strike down all the Midianites (enemies) because God would be with him.
Memorization – 5 minutes
● Memorization elements for this week are:
○ Jeremiah 10:6 – “No one is like you, Lord. You are great and your name is
mighty in power.”
Video – 20 minutes
● The video element to support the lesson for this week is the Veggie Tales rendition of the Gideon story. Use this link to access the video. https://vimeo.com/255504549
Activity – to be done while the video is playing
● Use the following coloring sheets to entertain and interact with the kids as you talk about the lesson with them and get to know them better. One is simpler for younger kids, and the other is a color by number so they can “follow a plan.” Let them assign different colors to each number if they want. When the kids are finished coloring, talk to them about some of the times that they may have thought less of themselves because of something somebody said or did. Use your own personal examples to lead out as well. Redirect them then to see what God says about them and what His view of them is. If you have leftover time, assign roles to the students from the story of Gideon, and have them act it out as you retell it!
Questions for Kids – Here are some review questions for you to go over with the kids.
Who was Gideon? A small Israelite man
Who came to talk to Gideon? An angel of God
What was Gideon doing when the angel came to talk to him? Hiding to get wheat
Why was he hiding? He was afraid of being found by the Midianites
Who were the Midianites? The people bullying the Israelites
What did the angel call Gideon? A mighty man of valor
What did Gideon think about himself? That he was weak
What did the angel say Gideon would do? Defeat the Midianites
Did Gideon choose to obey and believe what God said or no? Yes
How did Gideon’s army get chosen? Go through the multiple ways God eliminated people
How did God help Gideon’s army defeat the Midianites? What is something that you think about yourself?
What is something that God thinks about you?
Why is it important to believe what God says about us?