Whether or not your children were able to make it to Sunday school, you can still engage them in this week’s story. Please read the summary, look up the story online, in your Bible, or a children’s Bible, and begin the discussion. Increasing your child’s biblical knowledge will be foundational in their faith development. What a gift to provide a child. Adults also reap the benefit of digging in deeper to these stories.
This week’s lessons reminded us that none of us are without failing and that we are all dependent on God’s mercy and forgiveness. We are also blessed, however, because we know that God’s mercy will always be there for us, when we are ready to seek it out.
PreK-K and 3rd-5th: The Pharisee and the Tax Collector (Luke 18:9-14)
- What do you think the Pharisee was thinking and feeling as he entered the temple?
- What do you think the tax collector was thinking and feeling as he entered the temple?
- What did each man want to tell or ask God?
- Which one’s prayer pleased God? Why?
- Why was God not pleased with the Pharisee’s prayer?
- What does this story encourage you to do when you forget to live in God’s ways and miss the mark?
Godly Play 1st-2nd: Jesus and the Tax Collectors
- I wonder how the tax collectors and sinners feel as they sit around this table?
- I wonder how Levi felt when Jesus asked him to follow him?
- I wonder why Levi followed Jesus?
- I wonder what Levi and Jesus are saying?
- I wonder what the other tax collectors and sinners are talking about with Jesus?
- I wonder how the scribes and the crowd feel about what Jesus said?
- I wonder what the tax collectors and sinners will do after Jesus leaves Levi’s house?
- I wonder what the crowd will do?