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Today’s hero is The Older Son because he shows us the gift of A Changed Mind
Essential Teachers notes:
This little parable packs a punch, here we have the vineyard owner again, but instead of looking for hired workers he’s asking his own sons to help out. The two sons both react very differently, in the moment they both tell the truth, one says no (or perhaps ‘I won’t’ or ‘I don’t want to’ dependant on your translation) but the other obeys. In that moment the good son is obvious. But as we see the words are empty, much like the religious leaders faith in the encounters. The challenge of this parable goes two ways, to act on your convictions and to be willing to recognise your errors and put them right. If you have older kids do delve into the question that the religious leaders hit pass on and why they may be afraid to stand behind John the Baptist.
Tell this story or a similar one of your choice from a favourite bible translation or story book. This version is supplied for inspiration, feel free to omit or embellish to give it your personal voice.
Main Passage : Matthew 21:28-32
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