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Bible story: The Pharisee and the tax collector

Creative activities based on the Bible story of The Pharisee and the tax collector

The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector is a story told by Jesus in Luke 18:10-14. In this parable, Jesus tells of two men who went to the temple to pray. The first man, a Pharisee, prayed with pride and arrogance, thanking God that he was not like other people, particularly the tax collector who was praying nearby. The second man, a tax collector, prayed humbly and with contrition, asking God for mercy and forgiveness for his sins.

Through this parable, Jesus teaches about the danger of pride and the importance of humility in our relationship with God. He emphasizes that those who exalt themselves will be humbled, while those who humble themselves will be exalted.

This parable challenges us to examine our own hearts and to approach God with humility and honesty, recognizing our own weaknesses and sins. It reminds us that we are all in need of God's grace and mercy, and that no one is righteous on their own.

We have compiled a range of creative ideas and activities that relate to the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector. These resources are designed to help you share this important message in an engaging and interactive way, whether you are a children's ministry leader, a Sunday school teacher, or a religious educator in a Christian primary school.

Our resources are suitable for use in various settings such as church children's programs, children's ministry, catechism classes, children's services, Bible clubs, vacation Bible school, and Sunday school, and will help students understand the importance of humility and honesty in our relationship with God, and the danger of pride and arrogance.

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