Use this Parable of the Lost Sheep Sunday School lesson to talk to kids about how Jesus came to save us.
Lesson: (Note: Always allow students enough time to think about and to give their answers to the questions before clarifying the teaching.)
(Have students take turns reading Luke 15:1-7, read it yourself, or summarize it with the following story.)
The Pharisees noticed that Jesus was always talking to sinners, bad people, and they thought that Jesus shouldn’t talk to those bad people. But then Jesus told them a story. Before I tell you the story, though, I want everyone to get down on your hands and knees and do your very best to pretend that you’re a sheep. Crawl and “baa”…Good.
Jesus said that people were like sheep and He was like a shepherd. A lot of sheep are good and they stay where they’re supposed to, but sometimes one of the sheep goes off by itself and gets lost. (Pick one of the students and tell them to crawl away from the group.)
Jesus said that when the shepherd sees that one of his sheep is missing, he goes to find it. (Pretend to look for your lost sheep.)
And when the shepherd finds the lost sheep, he’s so happy that he found it, and he brings it back home. (Walk with your sheep back to the group.)
Jesus said that’s why He always talked to bad people. They were like sheep that had gone off on their own and gotten lost by doing bad things, but He wanted to bring them back to God. Jesus told them about God so that they could believe in Him and go back to Him. When someone comes back to God and stops doing their wrong things, that makes God very happy.
Why did Jesus talk to sinners, bad people? (He wanted to give them a chance to come back to God and stop doing their wrong things.)
And how does God feel when someone comes back to Him and stops doing their wrong things? (Happy.)
Game: Hide and Go Sheep – Pick one person to be It. They are the Shepherd. Everyone else is the Sheep. They go and hide while the Shepherd counts. The Shepherd then tries to find the Sheep. When he or she finds one, that Sheep helps them look for the others. The last Sheep found becomes the new Shepherd for the next round. Play for as long as you have time or until everyone has had a chance to be the Shepherd.
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