THE SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW WILL FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 95th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Lesson Title: A FAMILY REUNION
Adult/Young Adult Topic: BACK HOME AGAIN
Printed Text: Luke 15:11-24
Key Verse: Luke 15:24 (NIV)
“For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.” So they began to celebrate!
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 95th Edition, 2015-2016
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
Family relationships become too easily twisted and broken. What can be one ingredient that can keep families together? A God-like love and forgiveness, given and accepted like the experience that happened between the father and the lost son, can mend and make the difference.
The parable of the Prodigal Son reaches us on several levels. Jesus told the parable in response to the reaction of the Pharisees and scribes who accused Him of receiving sinners and tax collectors. Jesus made it clear in the parable that the Father is loving and forgiving. In our worst conditions, having done the worst deeds, the Father is still gracious. When we are willing to acknowledge and repent of our sins, God will forgive us. On the other extreme of this we see what can happen in the eyes of believers when we consider ourselves better than others. It is easy to contrast our lives to those who have wandered far away but who make their way back home. The elder son is not our example, but the father who spared no expense to restore his son.
Heavenly Father, may we never be filled with the spirit of anger or jealousy over the return of one lost sheep. Grant that we will possess the Spirit of Your Son, who loved us with an everlasting love. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.