Act out the story of the prodigal son.
Choose parts (father, son, friends, pigs, servant—find a part for each family member) for the characters in the story. Read the story aloud from Luke 15:11-24 and the actors will do what is happening in the story.
When the prodigal son realized he had sinned and repented, the father welcomed him back home. The father in this story represents our loving heavenly Father who welcomes us home when we turn away from our sin.
A Broken Relationship Restored
Drag out the bikes and outside toys and scrub off the dirt and winter’s grime. Repair anything that needs it.
Talk about it:
How did we restore the look of the bikes?(Washed off the dirt; shined them up; etc.)
What does it mean to restore something? (To bring it back to its original condition)
Can you give an example of something that might be restored? (An old car can be restored to its former condition; a piece of furniture can be fixed and made to look good again; a toy that is broken but is now fixed; etc.)
Restoring something means bringing it back to its original condition. We restored these by cleaning them up, fixing the loose parts, etc.
Sometimes even relationships between people are broken and need to be restored.
In the story of the lost son, how was the relationship between the father and the son broken? (The son left home and went his own way; the son wanted his own way; etc.)
How was the relationship restored? (He went home to his father and asked forgiveness; he repented; etc.)
Why do we need to be restored to a friendship with God?
Sin broke the relationship between God and man. When Adam and Eve chose their own way over God’s way, sin began on the earth. Ever since, every person is born with a desire to sin. We want our own way instead of God’s way. Our sin separates us from God. But Jesus came to the earth and died on the cross so we could have our sins forgiven. By believing in what Jesus did, our relationship with God can be restored.
It’s Time to Celebrate
Celebrate “Second birthdays” with a party! If your children have made a commitment to follow Jesus, celebrate two birthdays every year—the day of their birth into your family and the day of their birth into God’s family.
Some ideas to make it a special day:
- Give them a gift to encourage spiritual growth—a CD, book, DVD, etc.
- Bake a cake and blow out the candles.
- Serve special food that the birthday person chooses.
- Say a special prayer of blessing on the birthday person.
- Choose a special Bible verse for the coming year.
- Ask each family member to share one way they see the birthday person growing to be more like Jesus.
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