Luke 15:11-32

Use the simple Discovery Bible Study (DBS) format on the Home Resource tab to facilitate the reading and discussion. 


Jesus is teaching, through parables, the way of the Kingdom of God, and the people’s two distinct understandings of God. This story gives us insight into the Father’s heart for His children.


God is not the Father of servants, but the Father of Sons and Daughters (vs. 19). Jesus begins to tell a story of two sons. Both sons in this story needed a revelation of the goodness of the Father, and who they were apart from what they had done or could do. The younger was a wayward son of disobedience driven by self-interest. The Lord was speaking to the lost sheep of Israel, led by sin away from the father’s house. The older brother reflected the heart of the Pharisees; a religious understanding and structure that taught a person that position in God’s good grace came from right behavior. The Father reveals that regardless of our perception of Him, His perception of us is always as His children, putting on display His continual pursuit and desire to receive us into His house. The inclination to serve ourselves with the gifts of the Father drives us further from His door. But when we remember who He is and who we are with Him, we come to ourselves and race back home to the arms of a loving Dad who has eagerly been watching the road for our return. Perhaps, equally potent titles of this parable would be “the parable of the two sons” or “the parable of the prodigal father”, willing to “waste” his love on his children who could never earn it.   


Did the sons in Luke 15 believe the father loved them? No, neither of them did, but they acted on their failure to receive love in totally different ways. One was aggressive and one was passive. One acted out; one hid. One looked for fulfillment elsewhere; one gave on ever being fulfilled. Let’s discuss the difference between the two son’s responses to their lack of love.

Younger Son - “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.”

Older Son - “Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never game even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends.”


Here are three youtube links to songs  that you can use during the 'worship' portion of the DBS


Be Enthroned

Reckless Love


Questions for comprehension & imagination amongst kids.


What is it that brought the younger son “back to his senses”? (Luke 15:17, The Message)


What emotions would you feel going back to someone who you hurt badly in order to ask for help? What kind of reaction would you expect?

Luke 15 DBS ideas for Kids

And for more general ideas on how to structure the time with kids in the mix see our HOME RESOURCE IDEAS FOR KIDS

Be encouraged to include the kids as much as possible in your gatherings. Have them listen to the scriptures as they are read aloud. Perhaps ask them how they heard the text, and invite them to retell back to everyone in their own words.


24 Jan


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