Role Playing In Depth

Categories: Jesus (Parables)

Learning to forgive is an active part of the "lost" parables. It is easiest to see the forgiveness in the Prodigal son. Who needs to be forgiven and why?

But, when you look at the parables of the lost sheep and coin, it's harder to see who or what needs forgiveness. Who or what is it?

Let's help our pupils love more for every hate, forgive for every intended or unintended hurt or put-down, and let the mind of the Christ be active in our lives.

You can create scripts or have the children write the scripts – especially the dialogue between the prodigal son and his father and brother. Start with the son asking for his inheritance and the father and brother's responses. Likewise, consider the monologue of the son, when he realizes that his so-called friends have deserted him. Develop the script of the son's return.

Use the Good Samaritan parable, and give each person a voice.

  • Discuss the kinds of fears the Jewish man may have with a Samaritan caring for him. How did his view change about Samaritans?