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Apr 2018

Lesson Review – Luke 18:9-14 – The Pharisee & The Tax Collector


Here are some review notes from this week’s lesson in our preschool and K-4 classes. This week we studied Luke 18:9-14 – The Pharisee & The Tax Collector.

This is lesson 27 of 78 in our study of the New Testament. This lesson corresponds with Story 105 in The Gospel Story Bible and with Week 27 of the Old Story New family devotional.

Gospel Truth for Today

Our good deeds are not enough to make us right before God (atone for our sin). When we humbly proclaim our brokenness (sinfulness) and ask for mercy, God grants forgiveness through Jesus’ life and death in our place.

The Lesson In A Sentence

We can’t boast in all the good things we have done (like Pharisee) in order to impress God, rather we must humbly confess our sin and need for God’s forgiveness (like the tax collector).

Questions For You Kids

In today’s lesson, Jesus told a story. What was the story about?

It was about two men praying at the temple.

Who were the two men?

One was a Pharisee. They are kind of like the pastors of Jesus’ day. The other man was a tax collector. Most tax collectors were bad because they usually stole money from people.

What was different about the way the two men prayed?

The Pharisee was very proud. He wasn’t really praying to God as much as trying to tell God how great he had been. The tax collector knew he was a sinner and humbly prayed for God to forgive him.

Why did Jesus tell this story (parable)?

Jesus wanted to show that what you are on the outside is not as important as what you are on the inside. The Pharisee looked holy on the outside but was full of pride on the inside. Though the tax collector was a sinner, he understood his condition and his need of forgiveness.

Who are you more like, the Pharisee or the Tax Collector?

There is no correct answer to this question. In fact, we could draw parallels to both. At times we might be proud and trusting in outward works. Other times we might come under conviction of sin.

Praying Together

You can end your conversation with a short prayer asking God to help you and your child humbly confess your need for God and thanking Him for his mercy.

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