4-week Invitation to Joy: Parables Family Bible Study

A 4-week Scripture reading plan on Jesus’ parables of joy, for families.


More than ever, our kids need to experience joy and they need to know where true joy comes from.

“Invitation to JOY” is a flexible, fun Bible reading plan and discussion guide for 4 of Jesus’ parables of joy.

In each parable, Jesus shows the joy that is available in the kingdom of God. Whether it’s an epic party because a lost son is found, a wedding feast, or a banquet, we will get to engage in the joy of God’s kingdom. This study is an invitation to participate in the joy of God when the lost are found, when the bridegroom returns to claim his bride, and when everyone is invited to the banquet.

The parables in this study include: The Prodigal Son (Luke 15), A Wedding Feast (Luke 14), Lost Coin & Lost Sheep (Luke 15), and 10 Bridesmaids (Matthew 25).

FLEXIBLE: This study can be used either once per week or 5x per week. Each family chooses what works best for them but you only need to provide a single resource.

FUN: Each week contains 5 fun, no-prep activities that parents can easily incorporate to help their kids connect deeper with the parable.

EXTENSIONS: I’ve also included several recommendations of truly delightful picture books on Jesus’ parables, as well as further reading for teens/adults.

SCRIPTURE MEMORY: Posters of Zephaniah 3:17 are available in 4 different translations (NIV, NLT, ESV, and KJV).

How much time will this take?
Parents can expect to take about 5 minutes per day. If the conversation goes longer, great. If not, that’s still 5 minutes of investment into their child’s spiritual life!

What if they have kids of different ages? Will this work for them?
Whether their children are 3 or 13, they will get something out of the discussion questions because they’ll be able to reflect and answer at their own level.

Do they need lots of supplies?
Nope! The optional interactive extension activities are all very simple and can be done with whatever families have on hand. The study gives general suggestions but will rely mostly on their child’s imagination, which is always available.

This download includes:

  • Invitation to Joy study (20-page PDF + text-only, customizable Word doc .docx)
  • 5 Social media graphics (.png)
  • Parent email template (customizable Word doc .docx)
  • Verse poster in NIV, NLT, KJV, & ESV (PDF + .png)
  • Title poster to print and post in your church/ministry space (PDF & .png)
  • Leader guide with instructions on how to run a social media study group (.docx)

This product is a digital download, which means you will receive a link to download the files after completing the check-out process. Please note: It is too large of a file to view on a mobile device.

**Once your order is complete, you will receive an email with the downloadable resource. If the email does not come to your inbox, please check your spam/junk or promotions folder, as the email with your downloads will sometimes show up there instead of your inbox.**


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