The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Categories: Children's Church

Lesson: Let us boast in Jesus



1. Story: Tell the Parable of the “Pharisee and the Tax Collector” based on Luke 18:9-13.

  • Jesus told a story about 2 people — a Pharisee and a Tax Collector
  • Who was a Pharisee? 
    • He is part of a religious/political group that prides themselves in keeping the law. The word “Pharisee” means set apart — they wanted to keep themselves holy and were careful not to mix with anyone who did anything wrong.
  • Who was a Tax Collector? 
    • Tax collectors were Jews who helped the Roman government to collect taxes from their own people. Jews hated the Romans. So they also hated the tax collectors who worked for the Roman government. The tax collectors also often collected extra money for themselves. So if they were supposed to collect 100 dollars, they would collect 150 dollars instead and keep 50 dollars for themselves.
  • Both these men went to pray in the temple.
  • The Pharisee stood apart by himself — he didn’t want to be with the “common” folks in case they contaminated him. He prayed, “I thank you, God, that I am not greedy, dishonest, or an adulterer, like everybody else. I thank you that I am not like that tax collector over there. I fast two days a week, and I give you one tenth of all my income.”
  • The Pharisee took pride in the things that he could do that made him better than everyone else, especially the tax collector — he was not greedy, not dishonest, not an adulterer, fasts two days a week, gives one-tenth of his income.
  • He thought that by doing all these, he will be able to earn or deserve God’s favour. God will be happy with him, and he will be right before God (“righteous”). But actually he was only self-righteouse because he thought he could be good enough on his own — he didn’t need God.
  • On the other hand, there was the tax collector. He hid his face down, ashamed. He knew all the wrong things he had done. He knew he could not be right with God on his own. He was a hopeless case. He knew only God could save him. So he beat his chest and said, “God have pity on me, a sinner.”
  • Jesus told his disciples that it was the tax collector, not the Pharisee, who went home righteous that day. 
  • Why?
  • The Pharisee was self-righteous. He believed, by what he does, that he was good enough and didn’t need God. But the Bible tells us that none of us can meet God’s standards on our own (“There is none righteous, not one.” Rom 3:10). But because the Pharisee didn’t see himself as needing a Saviour, he didn’t accept God’s forgiveness.
  • The tax collector was unrighteous.  And he knew it. He didn’t pretend to be better than he was. He didn’t try to hide it. He just called out for help. And God heard him and answered him.

2. Lesson: 

  • When we accepted Jesus into our hearts, we told Him that we couldn’t do it on our own and we needed His help. God heard us, and answered us, and Jesus lives in us forever.
  • Today, because of Jesus, you and I don’t have to beat ourselves up like the tax collector any more.
  • We can stand before God boldly, not boasting in our works like the Pharisee, but boasting in Jesus’ works — Jesus is our wisdom, our righteousness, our holiness and our redemption (1 Cor 1:31).
  • We can say, “I thank you, God, that because Jesus was not greedy, not dishonest, and not  an adulterer, because Jesus was completely sinless and completely righteous, we are now the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus!” Praise the Lord!
  • Memory verse: 1 Cor 1:31 “Therefore, as it is written, ‘Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.’”

2.
Activity Suggestion 

 

  • Any related craft with the memory verse or the words “I will boast in Jesus”
  • Worksheet

 

 

Parable of the Lost Sons

Categories: Children's Church

Lesson: The Father’s heart is full of compassion



1. Story: Tell the parable of The Lost Sons based on Luke 15:11-31You can choose to get kids to act the story out as you narrate, with props (e.g. fake money, ring, shoes etc)

2. Lesson:

  • This is a story about a Father and 2 Sons.
  • Younger Son:
    •  The younger son wanted his share of inheritance now — akin to wishing his father was dead.
    •  He abused his sonship — squandered all he had.
    •  But when he was in need and hungry, he came to his senses: “In my father’s house, there’s more than enough.”
    •  Felt unworthy to be a son. Wanted to return to the father as a servant.
    • But the father’s heart was full of compassion — he saw him coming from a far off and ran to his son.
    • As soon as his son tried to make his speech to appease him, the father cut him off before he could finish.
    • He affirmed his sonship with: best robe, ring, sandals, fattened calf etc — signs of sonship not servanthood. 
  • Elder Son: 
    • Unlike the younger son, or the earlier parables of the lost sheep and lost coin, the elder brother was with the father all the time.
    •  However, he was also “lost” — because he had a servant mentality. He did not recognise his own sonship. He saw himself as “slaving for the father” and only deserving of a young goat.
    • Once again, it was the father who went to reach out to his son and affirm his sonship.
  • What son/child are we?
    • Are we the son who abuses our position? Do we think that whatever we do is too much for our Father to forgive us?
    • Are we the elder brother who doesn’t understand our position and sees ourselves as servants who have to slave for our Father?
    • Or are we the children who know our position in Christ? Who understand our Father’s heart?
  • 2 key lessons from this parable:
    • Our Father’s House has more than enough
      • We don’t need to go anywhere else. God provides for all our needs and wants. We are safe and protected in Him, no matter what happens.
    • The Father’s Heart is full of compassion
      • He loves us unconditionally. He wants to shower us with His kindness and goodness. He runs to us when we are down. He reaches out to us when we are angry. That’s the Father we all have.
    • Do you know that you are God’s child and He is your Father?
      • Do you know God has more than enough for you? That He is full of compassion for you?

3. Activity Suggestion (attached)

 

Parable of The Lost Coin

Categories: Children's Church

Lesson: We are important to Jesus (Part II)

 
1. Icebreaker: 

Hide coins/circles/chocolate coins around the room. Divide kids into 2 groups and and get them to look for the coins (QUIETLY). Group with most coins wins.
2. Story:
  • Tell the story of the woman who lost her silver coin from Luke15:8-10. 
  • Heart for the lost:
    • Remember that Jesus was friends with the “sinners” — the tax collectors and prostitutes and those who knew that they couldn’t help themselves?
    • Each of these people was like the lost silver coin in the story. They were valuable. Important. Not forgotten.
    • Jesus wanted the religious leaders to understand how he felt about those who were lost.
  • Search for the lost:
    •  God longed for us so much that He took the ultimate action; He offered up His Son as a sacrificial lamb. This He did to cleanse the sinner from sin and restore him to Himself. He would go through any means, any expense to bring them to Himself. 
    • Just like the woman lit a lamp, took a broom to sweep the house carefully and searched for the coin until she found it, Jesus came as a light into this world (John 1:9). He sought out the sinners. And He paid the ultimate price to redeem them — His own life.
  • Rejoicing for the found:
    • Just like the woman rejoiced and celebrated with her friends and neighbours, whenever a sinner returns to God, there is great rejoicing in heaven.
    • This is the whole plan of salvation; this is why Christ came. God seeks sinners and rejoices when they are found. He is not content for any sinner to be away from Him.
  • Memory Verse: 2 Peter 3:9 God is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

3. Activity Ideas

  • Craft: Any coin-related craft with the words “Jesus searched for me till He found me!” or the memory verse 2 Peter 3:9

Parable of the Lost Sheep

Categories: Children's Church

Lesson: We are important to Jesus

1. Story & Lesson

  • The lesson is based on Luke 15:1-7
  • When Jesus was on earth, many people liked to be His friends. However, many of them were not “respectable” people in the community. They were the outcasts — the tax collectors and the sinners.
  • The Pharisees and scribes saw Jesus eating with these “sinners” — these unholy people — and they criticised Him. “This Man receives sinners and eats with them.” These
  • Pharisees didn’t like that Jesus was getting so popular. And they thought that He couldn’t be a holy man because He hung out with the “bad” crowd. After all, they were the holy ones — they kept all the laws and did all the right things.
  • So Jesus told them this parable of the Lost Sheep
  • Jesus loved to spend time with the “sinners” because they knew that they needed to be saved. They didn’t pretend to be holy like the Pharisees. And they knew that Jesus loved them despite all that they have done.
  • When they repented, they were saying that they don’t want to try to save themselves anymore, but that they want to trust Jesus to save us. (Unlike the Pharisees who think they were too good already that they didn’t need a Saviour.)
  • They were like the lost sheep. And Jesus loved to spend time with them. He was like the man who would go and search high and low and climb up and down just so that He can rescue them. And each time He finds one, there is great rejoicing in heaven.

  • Do you know that we were all like that lost sheep too? We went our way. We got trapped. We couldn’t save ourselves.
  • But our wonderful Shepherd, Jesus, didn’t just let us be. He didn’t say that He would just take care of the good sheep, the ones who didn’t wander, who didn’t get lost or who didn’t get trapped. He left all He had just so that He could come look for us. He rescued us, cleaned our wounds and laid us on His shoulders and brought us home with great rejoicing.
  • And even if there were only one of us who were lost, He still would have come. That’s how great His love is for you and me!
  • Memory Verse: Luke 15:6 In the same way, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine respectable people who do not need to repent.
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2. Activity Ideas
  • Craft: Any simple sheep-related craft with the words “Jesus is my Shepherd. He looks after me.”
 
    • Worksheets:

The Parable of the Rich Fool

Categories: Children's Church

Lesson: Jesus is all we need

1.       Story
  • Tell the story based on Luke 12:13-21; 32-34
  • Once there were two brothers. Their daddy had died and left some money, and they both were fighting over it. They came to Jesus to complain about how to divide up what their father had given them.
  • Jesus reminded them that our life is not measured by how many possessions or money we have. “Because your true life is not made up of the things you own, no matter how rich you may be.” (Luke 12:14)
  • He tells us a story of a rich man who had big harvest from his land. When he ran out of space to keep his crops, he decided to tear down his barns and build bigger ones. He thought, “If I keep all these for myself, I don’t have to worry about what I will eat or drink for many, many years. I can now enjoy life.” But one night, he died. And he couldn’t bring any of the crops or money with him.
2. Lesson: Good News for Today!
  • Do these stories sound familiar? Do we fight and cry and complain when someone else gets more toys or candies than us? Do we try to hoard all we have instead of sharing? Why is that? We always want more toys, more candy, more stuff. We’re afraid someone else will take our share. We’re afraid we won’t have enough.
  • The good news is: We don’t have to be like this rich man, or the two brothers. We don’t have to fight over things or keep things for ourselves. We don’t have to chase after stuff – toys, sweets, games, money etc. These things don’t last. And we can’t bring them with us when we die.
  • But Jesus is our source. He is our everything. When we have Jesus, we don’t have to worry about not having enough. We don’t have to worry about people taking our things. We don’t have to worry about others having more than us. Because when we have Jesus, we have everything!
  • When we have Jesus, we can give what we have generously to others because we know we will never lack. When we have Jesus, He provides all we need. And no one can take Him away from us forever. (Luke 4:33)
  • Memory Verse: Luke 12:32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.”
 
3. Activity Ideas
  • Make bookmark/simple craft with the words, “I can share and give because Jesus has given me everything.” 
  • Break into groups and get them to share: What is one thing God has blessed me with and how can I bless someone with it? 

 

The Good Samaritan

Categories: Children's Church

Lesson: While we were God’s enemies, Christ died for us
1. Story:
 
2. Lesson:
  • In Jesus’ parable: it was not the religious and “good” people who stopped to help the Jewish man. It was the enemy — a despised Samaritan. The Jews hated the Samaritans.
  • The Samaritan could have walked on, and nobody would fault him for that. But he had compassion for the man. He cleaned and bandaged his wounds. Put him on his donkey and paid for his care at the inn.
  • Who would do that for an enemy? Somebody who hated you? Who wouldn’t walk on the same side of the road as you?
  • Do you know: we were once God’s enemy? We were left to die.
    • Col 1:21 “This includes you who were once far away from God. You were His enemies, separated from Him by your evil thoughts and actions.”
  • But even though we were God’s enemy, Jesus still came to die for us.
    • He had compassion for us.
    • He cleaned us with His blood.
    • He bandaged us up.
    • He lifted us and took care of us.
    • He paid the price of our sins for us.
  • And because of that, we can now be God’s friend, we now have His life in us.
  • Romans 5:10For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!
  •  The teacher of the law had asked Jesus: “What should I do to inherit eternal life?” We don’t have to do anything to earn an inheritance; it’s a birthright, a gift. Because of what Jesus has done for us, we are born again as sons and daughters of God, and we have eternal life! Hallelujah!
  • Memory Verse: Romans 5:10 While we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son.
 
3. Activity ideas:
  • Card: Print picture, let kids stick on card, colour and cut out shape. 
 

The Parable of The Sower

Categories: Children's Church

Lesson: Jesus’ Words bear fruits in us 
 
1. Story:
  • Tell Jesus’s Parable of The Sower from Luke 8:4-15.
  • Jesus likes to tell stories. One day, He told a large crowd the parable of a sower (farmer).
  • Once there was a farmer who went to sow his seed.
    • Some of the seed fell on the path, where people walked on. The seed got stepped on, and the birds came and ate them up.
    • Some of the seed fell on dry, rocky ground. The plant grew, but then it dried up and died because it didn’t have enough water.
    • Some of the seed fell on thorns. As the plants grew, the thorns also grew and choked them.
    • Still other seed fell on good soil. When the plants grew, it bore a hundred times more fruit!
  • Later, Jesus’ disciples asked him what the parable meant. Jesus explained:
    • The seed = word of God; The soil = our hearts
    • Path: Those who hear, but have the word taken away by the devil so that they do not believe in what Jesus says
      • Sometimes we hear the Word of God, one of Jesus’ promises, and we do not believe it. Maybe we have been disappointed before, so we reject God’s word. Then we don’t give God’s word a chance to work in our lives.
      • E.g.  Jesus says He has authority over sicknesses. But you say, “Last time I prayed, but I didn’t get healed. So it can’t be true.” Then when you are sick, you don’t believe that Jesus can heal you.
    • Rocky ground: Those who hear and receive the word with joy, but they have no root. When time of testing comes, they fall away.
      • Sometimes we hear Jesus’ word, about His love and His grace, but our heart is still hard — we still rely on ourselves, our efforts, our works. When challenges come, you decide that you want to follow your own way instead of relying on Jesus. So we miss out on seeing Jesus work in our lives.
      • E.g. Jesus says He will never leave you and He will be with you forever. But maybe you think that “Today I was very naughty, so Jesus won’t want to be with me.” So whenever you do something wrong, you hide from Jesus instead of going to Him.
    • Thorns: Those who hear, but as time goes by, they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and do not mature.
      • Sometimes we hear Jesus’ word, but we let our fears overcome our faith. Or we rely on the things of this world instead of relying on Jesus. Then we get distracted by all these things that we think can give us security and happiness, and we forget that in Jesus, we have everything
      • E.g. Jesus says He will provide everything for us. But we may think, “I have to provide for my own need. I’ve got to keep working and saving and storing up so that I have enough.” Then as you grow older, you put all your time and energy into your career, you concentrate on making money, and you are so tired and don’t have any time for God anymore.
    • Good soil: Those with good hearts, who hear the word, keep it in faith, and produce fruit a hundred fold.
      • We all can be the good soil — we can all hear Jesus’ word and believe it. Believe in who He is. Believe what He says. Believe that He loves you. Believe that He is good. And as we receive the word of faith, we see it produce lots of fruit in our lives! We’ll see His healing, His blessings, His love, His goodness overflow in our lives.
 

  • The seed is always good seed. God’s word is always true.
  • The more we focus on Jesus and what He has done for us on the cross, we:
    • Don’t let the devil take away His word from our hearts; we will believe what Jesus says and promised
    • Don’t try to depend on our own goodness and abilities; we depend on Jesus and His finished work
    • Don’t be overwhelmed by our fears or chase after other things to make us happy; we’ll go straight to Jesus, our source
    • Will bear much, much fruit, one hundred times more!
 
3. Activity Ideas:
  • Craft: Fruitful seed
    • Print out/draw pictures of a fruitful plant and get kids to stick seeds (e.g. soya beans, kidney beans etc — larger beans will be easier for younger children) at the root of the plant.
    • Or decorate the plant with the seeds.
    • Write around the plant: “God’s word bears fruit in me


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Youth Bible Study
Jesus’ Parable: The Sower
Leader’ Guide
 
Read Luke 8:4-15.
 
1. Jesus told a parable about a sower. The sower sowed seeds that fell on 4 types of ground. What happened to each of them?
 
2.       How did Jesus explain the parable?
  • Seed = Word of God
  • Soil = Heart
  • Path = Those who hear but the devil takes the word out of their hearts before they can believe and be saved.
  • Rocky ground = Those who hear and receive the word with joy, but they have no root. When time of testing comes, they fall away.
  • Thorns = Those who hear, but as time goes by, they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and do not mature.
  • Good soil = Those with good hearts, who hear the word, keep it in faith, and produce fruit a hundred fold.
 
  • The seed is always good seed. God’s word is always true.
  • The more we focus on Jesus and what He has done for us on the cross, we:
    • Don’t let the devil take away His word from our hearts; we will believe what Jesus says and promised
    • Don’t try to depend on our own goodness and abilities; we depend on Jesus and His finished work
    • Don’t be overwhelmed by our fears or chase after other things to make us happy; we’ll go straight to Jesus, our source
    • Will bear much, much fruit, one hundred times more!

The Gracious Moneylender

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Lesson: Forgiven much, Love much
 
1. Story:
  • Tell the story of Jesus being anointed in the Pharisee’s house from Luke 7:36-50.
  • Suggested prop: a bottle of perfume for “smell effects”
  • One day, a Pharisee named Simon invited Jesus to his house for dinner.
  • As Jesus was eating at the table, suddenly a woman came to him. This woman had a bad reputation in the town. The Bible describes her as someone who lived a sinful life.
  • This woman started crying at Jesus’ feet. Her tears streamed down and wet his feet, and she wiped the feet with her hair. She had a very expensive and precious alabaster jar of perfume — it was probably her most treasured possession. She poured the perfume on Jesus’ feet. (spray some perfume in the air or at feet so that the kids can smell it)
  • When Simon saw this happening, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is.”
  • As we know, Jesus knows our thoughts even when we don’t speak them out. Jesus decided to tell Simon a story:
    • Two people owed money to a moneylender. One owed 500 denarii, while the other owed 50 denarii. (1 denarii = 1 day’s salary)
    • None of them could pay their debt.
    • The moneylender decided to forgive both their debts.
    • Which of these two people will love the moneylender more?
    • Simon answered, “The one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”
  • Jesus said, “You have judged correctly.” Then Jesus  turned to the woman and said to Simon:
    • Simon: did not give any water for Jesus to wash His feet
    • Woman: wet feet with tears and wiped with hair
    • Simon: did not give Jesus a kiss
    • Woman: has not stopped kissing feet
    • Simon: did not put oil on Jesus’ head
    • Woman: poured perfume on His feet
  • Both Simon and the woman had sins — both had debts they could not pay.
  • But only the woman realised and understood that Jesus had forgiven her many sins. That’s why the woman’s response was so great! She had been forgiven much, so she loved much.
  • Whereas Simon the Pharisee was probably self righteous and did not realise he also needed his sins to be forgiven. So as he thought he had not much to be forgiven, he also showed little love to Jesus.
  • Difference: Simon invited Jesus into his house, but the woman invited Jesus into her heart.
  • Jesus assured the woman: “Your sins are forgiven. Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.” The woman no longer had to go out as a “sinful” woman, but as one who knew she had been forgiven.
 
2. Lesson: Good News for today!
  • When we realise how much Jesus has done for us, we cannot help but to love Him in return.
  • That’s the amazing grace of God!     
  • Let’s pray: Thank you Jesus that while we were still sinners, when we couldn’t pay our debts, when we were Your enemies, You loved us and forgave us. Thank you for Your amazing grace in our lives. Amen.
 
3. Activity Ideas
  • Craft: Perfume bottle
    •  Print out perfume bottle on white card.
    • On 1 side write: Jesus makes me lovely
    • On the other side: Get kids to stick colourful crepe paper to decorate. Then spray some perfume on the crepe paper.
 
  • Wordsearch 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Youth Bible Study
 
Leader’s Guide
 
Jesus’ Parable: The Gracious Moneylender (Luke 7:36-50)
 
1. Who invited Jesus to dinner?
Simon, a Pharisee
 
2. Who made an uninvited appearance at the dinner? What did she bring with her?
A woman in that town who lived a sinful life.
An alabaster jar of perfume — probably her most treasured possession.
 
3.  Jesus could read what the Pharisee was thinking. Where else have we learned that He demonstrated this ability?
When He healed the paralytic who was brought by his four friends to Jesus (Luke 5:22).
 
4. Jesus then told a parable. How many men owed the moneylender money? How many couldn’t pay? How many had their debt forgiven?
Two men owed money. Both men couldn’t pay. Both had their debt forgiven.
 
5. Between the Pharisee and the woman, which of them had sin in their life? Which of them couldn’t be perfect? Which of them had their debt forgiven?
Both of them.
 
6. Which of them realised how much they had been forgiven?
The woman.
 
7.       State the differences between how the Pharisee and the woman treated Jesus:
Pharisee
Woman
Did not give Jesus water to wash His feet
Wet Jesus’ feet with tears; wiped with hair
Did not give Jesus a kiss
Had not stopped kissing Jesus’ feet
Did not put oil on Jesus’ head
Poured perfume on His feet
 
8.  At this time, Jesus had not yet died on the cross. But the woman knew that He was the one who loved her and had the authority to forgive her many sins. How did Jesus send her off?
By saying, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”
 
9. When we know how much Jesus has done for us and how much He has forgiven us, what response can we have?
Love Him.

The Wise and Foolish Builders

Categories: Children's Church

Lesson: Jesus is our Firm Foundation 
 
1. Story:
  • Tell the story of “The Wise and Foolish Builders” based on Luke 6:47-49.
  • Jesus liked to use a lot of stories when He taught the people. These stories are called “parables”.
  • One day, Jesus was on a hill teaching the people about God.
  • He told them that:
    • no matter how good man was, he could never be good enough for God’s standards, based on his own works and efforts
    • God loves His enemies and is kind to those who were evil
    • If we know that only God can make us good enough, we will live right and treat others right.
  • After teaching these things to the people, Jesus told them a parable about two men.
    • These two men were building a house.
    • One built his house on the rock — he dug deep to make sure he had a solid foundation.
    • The other decided to build his house on the sand.
    • Both houses looked nice when completed.
    • But one day, a heavy rain came. The wind blew, the flood rose.
    • The house on the rock got wet, but it stood firm.
    • However, the house on the sand fell flat and was destroyed.
2.    Lesson: Good News for today!
  • How many of you saw the news and pictures of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan? <show some pix to the kids> This reminds us that in such storms, many things are easily destroyed. Our hope and faith cannot be on them.
  • When we build our house on sand, we’re building on our own abilities, our intelligence, our achievements, our money … we think that we are good enough for God. But when the storms come, we realise that whatever we have built cannot stand.
  • But when we build our house on the rock, we are building on the sure foundation — Jesus. Jesus calls us to “come to Him and hear His words and put them into practice.”
  • Only He is good enough for God. Only He can make us good enough for God.
  • And when we believe and trust in Him, we can stand firm till the end.
  • Do we want to build our life on ourselves or on Jesus?
  • Pray: Thank you Jesus that You are our sure foundation. You have done a perfect work on the cross, and all we can do is to trust in You and not be shaken. Thank you for keeping us safe in the storm. In Your name we pray, Amen.
3. Activity Suggestions:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



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YOUTH BIBLE STUDY
 
LEADER’S GUIDE
1.    Read Luke 6:27-45. Jesus was teaching people on a hill. He told them a lot of things. What were some of them? 
      Love your enemies, don’t judge others, what’s in the heart determines what comes out of the mouth
 
2.    What do you think His intentions were in teaching these things?
       Whatever good man thought he could do on his own works and efforts, Jesus raised the standards higher, e.g. Love others à Love your enemies.Vs. 35: God loves His enemies and is kind to those who were evilVs: 43-45: If we know that only God can make us good enough, we will live right and treat others right.
 
3.    In the parable Jesus told, what were the differences between the ways both men built their houses? What were the results that when the storm came?
        One man built his house on the rock — he dug deep to make sure he had a solid foundation. When the flood came, the house stood firm because it was well built.The other decided to build his house on the sand, without foundation. When the storm came, the house collapsed and was destroyed.
 
4.    Jesus said that the man who hears His words and puts them into practice is like the one who built his house on the rock. What do you think that means?
        We need to build on the right foundation. We cannot build on our own abilities, intelligence, achievements, money etc and think that we can be good enough for God. Because when the storm of God’s judgment comes, what we built cannot stand.Instead, we have to build our house on the sure foundation — Jesus. Only He is good enough for God. Only He can make us good enough for God. And when we believe and trust in Him, we can stand firm till the end.
 
5.    What foundation are you building your life on?
        Jesus
 
·       Pray: Thank you Jesus that You are our sure foundation. You have done a perfect work on the cross, and all we can do is to trust in You and not be shaken. Thank you for keeping us safe in the storm. In Your name we pray, Amen.