Main point: Jesus teaches us we are important to God.
Bible story: The Lost Sheep ● Luke 15:3-7
As a family, watch this week’s video and then discuss a few questions together.
- “Jesus told a story about a shepherd. What type of animal does a shepherd watch over?” (sheep)
- “How many sheep did the shepherd have?” (100)
- “Were all of the sheep lost or just one?” (just one)
- “Did the shepherd leave all of his sheep to look for the one that was lost?” (yes)
- “Did the shepherd find the lost sheep?” (yes)
- “When the shepherd found the lost sheep, was he happy or angry?” (excited)
- “Jesus told us this story to teach us we are important to God, just like the lost sheep was important to the shepherd. Are you important to God?” (yes)
Family Activity: Find the Stuffed Animal
WHAT YOU NEED: stuffed animal
WHAT YOU DO:
- During the Activity: Tell your child to close their eyes so they can’t see you hide the stuffed animal. Hide the stuffed animal somewhere in the room. Go back to the child and tell them to pretend they are the shepherd from the story and find the lost stuffed animal. Repeat as long as time and interest allow.
- After the Activity: Talk about how Jesus told the story about the shepherd looking for the lost sheep so we can know that we are important to God.
WHAT YOU SAY:
- During the Activity: “Okay, you can look at me, now. In our Bible story, Jesus told a story about a shepherd who left all of his sheep to go look for one lost sheep. The one lost sheep was important to the shepherd, even though he still had lots of other sheep. I have hidden a stuffed animal in the room to represent the lost sheep from the Bible story. I want you to pretend you are the shepherd and look for the sheep/stuffed animal.”
- After the Activity: “Jesus told the story about the shepherd who looked for one lost sheep because He wanted to teach us that every person is important to God. Knowing that we are important to God is very important! Who teaches me important things?” (Jesus teaches me important things.)