Over the next few weeks, we’re going to be learning about something called the fruit of the Spirit. This first week we're starting with LOVE. I think we all love LOVE right?
This week we'll find out about God’s great big love for us, and how he helps us love others.
As always though, we're going to begin our time together with a couple of songs! So stand up, shake out those wiggles and sing along with us!
SUNDAY SCHOOL SONGS
As we've mentioned, this week we're learning about the fruit of the spirit and this week it's all about love.
In our bible story later we’ll hear a story in about a son who traveled far away from home. He was away for a while, so when he came back, he was very happy to see his family. Before we get to what the bible says about love, lets what this story about the lost grape..
That was a fun story eh?
Why do you guys think the grape thought an adventure seemed so exciting at first?
Why weren’t the adventures as exciting as he expected?
Why is being safe in God’s love better than doing our own thing?
For the grape, the best place to be was in the fruit basket with his loving fruit family. Sometimes it can seem like following our own way will be more exciting, but the best thing in life is accepting God’s love! Then God will help keep us safe and also he us to pass his love on to others.
Sometimes when I've been away on a trip somewhere for work, or maybe camping... or when I have had a long day I REALLY look forward to getting home and sleeping in my own bed.
Can you guys think about a time that you were happy to come home? Perhaps you were looking forward to getting home after staying at your Grandparents house for the night, or you might be happy to come home after a long day at school, or maybe a summer camp, and your excited to see your parents again, and play with your toys.
Most of us are happy to return to our homes every day.
The son we’ll read about in the Bible today was away from home for a long time.. how about we get comfy and read that story...
Jesus told parables - which is a kind of story to - explain how much God loves us.
At that time, the religious leaders were mad that Jesus hung out with people who did wrong things. But Jesus doesn’t love only easy-to-love people. Jesus loves everyone!
This is the Parable of the Lost Son; Let's read Luke 15:11-13
“There was a man who had two sons. The younger son said to his father, ‘Give me now the part of your property that I am supposed to receive someday.’ So the father divided his wealth between his two sons. A few days later the younger son gathered up all that he had and left. He traveled far away to another country, and there he wasted his money living like a fool."
Sin and a lot of wrong choices pulled the son away from his father. Perhaps you can think of a wrong choice you made. Think about the feelings you had when you made that decision too.
Let's continue... read Luke 15:14-16
"After he spent everything he had, there was a terrible famine throughout the country. He was hungry and needed money. So he went and got a job with one of the people who lived there. The man sent him into the fields to feed pigs. He was so hungry that he wanted to eat the food the pigs were eating. But no one gave him anything."
Feeding pigs was a gross, smelly, dirty job. Do you think you’d like a low-paying job feeding real pigs? I can't imagine I would. It sounds pretty awful... let's keep going...
“The son realized that he had been very foolish. He thought, ‘All my father’s hired workers have plenty of food. But here I am, almost dead because I have nothing to eat. I will leave and go to my father. I will say to him: Father, I have sinned against God and have done wrong to you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. But let me be like one of your hired workers.’ 20 So he left and went to his father."
Phew! It sounds to me like he has come to his senses and has decided to go home. How do you think his Dad will react? Do you think he will be mad because he lost all the money that his Dad gave him?
"While the son was still a long way off, his father saw him coming and felt sorry for him. So he ran to him and hugged and kissed him. The son said, ‘Father, I have sinned against God and have done wrong to you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. But the father said to his servants, ‘Hurry! Bring the best clothes and put them on him. Also, put a ring on his finger and good sandals on his feet. And bring our best calf and kill it so that we can celebrate with plenty to eat. My son was dead, but now he is alive again! He was lost, but now he is found!’ So they began to have a party."
This sounds like a really great celebration of the sons return home right?!
Did you know that there was also an older son in this story?
He had stayed home and obeyed his father, and he was pretty mad that his younger brother got a party after all the wrong things he’d done. After all, shouldn’t the father love him the best and treat him the best since he’d stayed close to his father?
What do you think? How do you think you'd feel if you were the brother that had stayed home and obeyed your Dad?
I think we'd feel upset, but Jesus said that the older son in this story, the son that stayed home, is kind of like the religious leaders Jesus was talking to. The older son, and the religious leaders, didn’t understand what a father’s love is truly like, How much God truly loves each of us.
What do you think was the best part of coming home for the son in the story?
Jesus told the story of the lost son to show how much God loves us. That no matter what we do or how far we run away from him, God is always ready to welcome us back home. God is full of so much love that nothing we do can leave his love behind.
Also, when we know God he sort of changes us, helps us to be better, and one of the things he helps us with is to change us so we can love other people more! God has loved us so much, and we can pass that love on to others.
The bible verse that we're learning and trying to memorize is from Galatians 5:22-23
“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”
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