The Parable of The Lost Coin

Luke 15:8-10


  • Read the scripture text of the parable.
  • Remember that a coin in Bible times was much more valuable than ours are today.
    This lost coin was probably worth at least an entire day’s wages, maybe more.


  • Consider the circumstances.
  • The Parable of the Lost Coin immediately follows the Parable of the Lost Sheep, which we looked at last week.
  • Re-read Luke 15:1-7 and consider the situation that prompted these parables.
  • Consider these questions about the parable.
  • What 3 steps did the woman take to find the coin?  What does that say about her desire to find it?
  • How long did the woman search for the coin?
  • What do you think might be represented by the lamp that the woman lit? (Psalm 119:105, Matthew 5:14-16)
  • Why was a celebration appropriate when the 1 coin was found but not for the 9 that were not lost?
  • What are differences between a lost sheep and a lost coin?
  • What are differences in how they may have gotten lost?
  • What are differences in respect to them knowing that they were lost?
  • Other Questions
  • Have you ever torn up your whole house to find something important that you had lost?
  • Is each and every person important to God? (2 Peter 3:9)
  • How valuable is someone’s soul? (Luke 15:10)
  • Is your manner and attitude important while seeking the lost? (2 Timothy 2:23-26)
  • How much effort are we willing to go to in order to find the lost?

Youth Group:

  • Consider these questions after reading the parable.
  • Why do you think 1 coin was so important to this woman?
  • How much money would you have to lose for you to search your entire house in order to find it?
  • How diligently would you search if you lost your mobile phone?  What about your car keys?
  • What would you hate to lose worse than anything?  How does this compare to a person’s soul lost forever?
  • Activities for Youth Group Members
  • Look for a special Youth challenge from Kory involving coins.  How many coins can you catch without losing any?
  • See how many coins you can stand on their sides.  Post it on Instagram using #HeightsChallenge.
  • Call a friend who might be in need and tell them that you are praying for them.

Kidspiration Kids:

  • Activities for Kids and Parents
  • Read the Parable with your family.
  • Work the 2 Kid’s Puzzles included with the bulletin.  (Do you know who our Elders and Deacons are?)
  • Search your house for coins.  See how many of them you can stack before they fall.  Try not to lose any.
  • Get someone in your family to hide 10 coins in the house and see if you can find them.

Watch this YouTube video about The Lost Coin.