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Paul Weber, our church's missionary to Australia, preaches on how we look at the lost. Too often, like the Jewish religious leaders in Jesus' day, we look at the lost as problems rather than the Lord's treasured possessions. So, in Luke 15, Jesus seeks to correct our vision by illustrating how He sees sinners. They are lost, loved, limited, and looked for.
Luke 15 contains one of the most famous stories in the Bible, the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Perhaps it should be called the Parable of the Prodigal Love of God. In it we see how the gospel saves the irreligious and religious through the audacious, gracious, affectionate, forgiving, and joyful love of God.
It's our holy duty as Christians to kiss frogs. Are you kissing frogs? Has someone kissed you lately?
The prodigal son returns. What does it mean to be a prodigal son? How is this story also about the older brother? What does it mean for us to celebrate when a brother or sister who is lost comes home? What needs to happen in our hearts and minds in order to celebrate a person's repentance when we think they don't deserve forgiveness?
Jim takes us through Luke 15 and the stories Jesus told of how much Jesus loves us and rejoices when we turn to him. His great kindness changes our thinking. He pursues us and strengthens our faith. Because of this grace, we then can rejoice.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ changes people, and well it ought to because someone new comes to live inside of you and He does so to make an impact, not only in your life, but also in the lives of others. In this message we revisit a series we preached early this year recounting the impact of the Gospel in the lives of eight Bible characters. All of them different in so many ways, but the Gospel did a powerful work in each of them causing them to have a huge impact on those in their day and their stories have lived on to impact us even today.
Okay, so most of us are familiar with this parable in Luke 15. For many of us it is an old favorite. Basic story. A son took his part of the inheritance and wasted it on wild living. (Another word for “wasting” his finances is “prodigal.” Thus, we have the title the “Prodigal Son.”) Eventually, the boy is so poor from his bad choices that he decides to come home, beg forgiveness, and serve as a slave on his father’s property. The father runs to his son, welcomes him and hosts a welcome home party. The older brother, however, refuses to join the party. The loving father tries to reason with his older son, but the parable ends with the son still refusing to attend the welcome home party.