Learning Together: The Rich Young Ruler

In our desire to equip parents as they “train their children up in the way they should go,” we have created a blog series to communicate the lessons our kids will be learning each Sunday, family discussion questions, resources for discipling children, and opportunities to engage in serving and loving the world with your kids.

Renew Kids

Our curriculum comes from The Gospel Project for Kids and systematically teaches the stories of the Bible starting in Genesis and finishing in Revelation. We are currently studying Jesus’ life in the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John).

HeadHead » Learning the Story

This month in Renew Kids we are learning about many of the stories that were told about Jesus in the gospels as he and his disciples headed towards Jerusalem in preparation for passover. The story we are looking at this week is The Rich Young Ruler and we are asking, “Why was the rich young ruler sad?” He loved other things more than Jesus.

Our story is one where Jesus encounters a rich young ruler who came asking, “What must I do to be saved?” Jesus’ response required the young man to give all that he had and follow Him, but the young man was very wealthy and did not accept this call on his life. He walked away from Jesus saddened. Read the full story and Jesus’ words here: Matthew 19:16-30; Mark 10:17-31; Luke 18:18-30.

Review Questions:

  • What did the young man ask Jesus? (what he needed to do to live with God forever)
  • What did Jesus tell the young man to sell? (everything)
  • To whom did Jesus tell the young man to give everything away and follow Him? (to the poor)
  • How did the man feel when Jesus told him to give everything away and follow Him? (very sad)
  • Why was the rich young ruler sad? He loved other things more than he loved Jesus.

HeartHeart » Family Discussion

Reading and discussing stories about Jesus’ interactions with people in the bible can lead to interesting conversations with your children about what God desires of us. Take some time to think through this story and discuss, as a family, how these scriptures impact our understanding of what and who God is asking us to be.

  1. What is something new you learned or that stood out to you in this story?
  2. What feelings do you think motivated the rich young ruler to seek Jesus out?
  3. Based on this story, what do you think is really important to God?
  4. How are we just like the rich young ruler?
  5. Where else in scripture do we see God ask or command hard things of those who would follow Him?
  6. What does this story mean for our lives today? Are there things we need to give up to follow Christ?

HandsHands » The Word at Work

The Bible says that God’s Word does not return to Him void without accomplishing what He wills (Isaiah 55:11). Spend some time as a family and ask God how He wants you to live out what He is teaching you through scripture. Then make a plan to do it!


  • Let Go. Make a list of things you could get rid of to extricate yourself from materialism (the love of things). Talk as a family about some adjustments you can make in how much you work, what you spend your money on, and what you give away. What changes might God be calling you to make to free you from the grip of stuff? Consider having a big housecleaning day. Get rid of the junk. Give the useful things away, have a yard sale, or sell them on Craigslist. Save the money and use it to bless someone. Let go of the material things that may be inhibiting your ability to build significant, deep relationships with God and with others.

Additional family resources:

Each week we will include a family resource for parents as they seek to disciple their children to love and follow Jesus.

Family Verse

“Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”  —Colossians 3:17>

Colossians 3:17

Scripture artwork by Fifty-Two Verses

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