Sunday School Substitute

The Parable of The Lost Sheep

Luke 15:1-7


  • Read the scripture text of the parable.


  • Consider the situation that prompted the parable.
  • What was the reason that the Pharisees and scribes complained about Jesus?
  • Do you think this was the real reason, or were there other underlying issues?
  • Did they complain to Him or to others?
  • Do we ever make judgements about others or look down on them?
  • Consider these questions about the parable and read the corresponding passages.
  • Did the shepherd leave the safety of the fold or stay where he was comfortable?
    (Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15-16, Colossians 1:23, Romans 10:18)
  • How did the lost sheep get back home? (Romans 15:1-3, 1 Thessalonians 5:14)
  • Do you think the lost sheep was in the same condition as the other sheep when he came back
    (appearance, smell, cleanliness, etc.)?  (Matthew 7:1-5)
  • Other Questions
  • Have you known any lost sheep that have returned to the fold? (1 Peter 2:25)
  • Are we willing to let a lost sheep ride on our shoulders?
  • Are weak members important to God? (1 Corinthians 12:18-26)
  • Why is it important for the shepherd to be sure that he is leading the sheep in the right direction? (Jeremiah 50:6)

Youth Group:

  • Consider these questions after reading the parable.
  • Why do you think Jesus used sheep to teach this parable?
  • Who do you think the lost sheep represents?
  • Do you remember a time when you were lost?  How did you feel?  Did anyone come looking for you?
  • Have you ever lost something that was important to you?  How did you feel?  Did you find it?
  • We all use GPS to keep from getting lost.  We even have a Find-My-Phone app in case our phones get lost.
    What can we use to make sure that we don’t get lost spiritually?
  • Activities for Youth Group Members
  • Memorize Psalm 23.
  • Find, take, or make a creative or funny picture of a sheep (or find a meme of a sheep).
    Post it on Instagram using #HeightsChallenge.
  • Work the Word Search included with the bulletin.
  • Work the Kid’s Puzzle included with the bulletin.  You know you want to!

Kidspiration Kids:

  • Activities for Kids and Parents
  • Read the Parable together.
  • Work the Kid’s Puzzle included with the bulletin.
  • Make a sheep out of cotton balls.
  • Watch these YouTube videos about The Lost Sheep.