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Introduction.

Prodigal (Def.) To Squander. To be Lavish.

This is a story told by Jesus to the Pharisees and the tax collectors. The story is about two sons (who are representative of the two groups) and a father (who represents our heavenly father). The main character of the story is the Father, who is depicted as gracious, loving, and celebratory in his relationship with his sons. Both sons are prodigals as they squander their relationship with the father. The Father is prodigal in his love as He seeks to lavish his sons in His love and acceptance. We see the hedonistic son returns in repentance, but the story ends abruptly without the elder brother not responding. Why? This is the cliffhanger that points to Christ and his work to redeem the sons of Adam as the true elder brother. Jesus Redefines our categories about the Nature and Person of God, and we see the astounding nature of God’s grace.

 

Audio Version 

SERIES TITLE: Grace

PART ONE:  God's Grace IIlustrated

TEXT: Luke 15: 1,2, 11-32

SPEAKER: Pastor Dave Muntsinger

INTRODUCTION.

Prodigal (Def.) To Squander. To be Lavish.

This is a story told by Jesus to the Pharisees and the tax collectors. The story is about two sons (who are representative of the two groups) and a father (who represents our heavenly father). The main character of the story is the Father, who is depicted as gracious, loving, and celebratory in his relationship with his sons. Both sons are prodigals as they squander their relationship with the father. The Father is prodigal in his love as He seeks to lavish his sons in His love and acceptance. We see the hedonistic son returns in repentance, but the story ends abruptly without the elder brother not responding. Why? This is the cliffhanger that points to Christ and his work to redeem the sons of Adam as the true elder brother. Jesus Redefines our categories about the Nature and Person of God, and we see the astounding nature of God’s grace.

EXAMINATION.

  1. Jesus Redefines Humanity (v. 1,2,11-16, 25-30)
    1. Hedonist or Self Discovery Type
    2. Legalist or Moral Conformity Type
  2. Jesus Redefines Repentance (17-21,31,32)
  3. Jesus Redefines God (20-24, 28-32)
  4. Jesus Redefines Salvation (22-24; 31,32) (Romans 8:15-17)
  5. Jesus Reveals the Grace of God (Ephesians 2:1-8)

God’s Grace is stunningly illustrated in the actions of the Father in this parable for us to be able to comprehend His gracious and loving nature towards us.

“Cheer up! You are a worse sinner than you could ever imagine, yet you are more loved and accepted by your heavenly father than you ever dreamed!”

                - Jack Miller, Professor and Missionary

APPLICATION.

  1. Do you see in yourself in the attitudes of the younger and/or older son? Discuss particular ways.
  2. Have you ever valued stuff over other people and God? Can you share something specific?
  3. What astonishes you most about the Father in the story?
  4. How do you think the two groups hearing the story responded?

The tax Collectors and the Pharisees.

  1. How do you see God and the nature of His grace differently (v. 20-24)?
  2. If the Father initiates relationship with both sons, do you believe He is initiating with you? Do you talk to him? Should you converse more? How do you make that happen?
  3. How do you live differently knowing how your heavenly father loves you?
  4. Do you love Christ more knowing what he did to accomplish a restored relationship with the Father for you?

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