Jan 22, 2023
The Lost Elder Brother
Luke 15:25-32 Jesus told a parable about two lost sons, not just one.  There is more than one kind of lostness.  Though the elder brother prided himself in his goodness—as compared to his younger brother who had been openly rebellious—he actually shared some of the same bad attitudes and motivations.
  • He questions the ways of his father and his authority.
  • He is not above being openly disrespectful of his father.
  • He loved his father’s stuff more than he loved his father.
  • He is willing to fracture the unity of his family.
We see signs of lostness in the heart of the elder brother:
  • He held a deep anger.
  • His obedience was joyless and mechanical.
  • He felt disdain toward his younger brother.
  • He did not understand his father’s love.
  • He was judgmental and unforgiving.
If we identify these same signs within ourselves, we need to seek a change of heart through Jesus Christ.  Only through him do we learn to truly love, forgive and sacrifice.  Even lost elder brothers can be found!
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  • Jan 22, 2023The Lost Elder Brother
    Jan 22, 2023
    The Lost Elder Brother
    Luke 15:25-32 Jesus told a parable about two lost sons, not just one.  There is more than one kind of lostness.  Though the elder brother prided himself in his goodness—as compared to his younger brother who had been openly rebellious—he actually shared some of the same bad attitudes and motivations.
    • He questions the ways of his father and his authority.
    • He is not above being openly disrespectful of his father.
    • He loved his father’s stuff more than he loved his father.
    • He is willing to fracture the unity of his family.
    We see signs of lostness in the heart of the elder brother:
    • He held a deep anger.
    • His obedience was joyless and mechanical.
    • He felt disdain toward his younger brother.
    • He did not understand his father’s love.
    • He was judgmental and unforgiving.
    If we identify these same signs within ourselves, we need to seek a change of heart through Jesus Christ.  Only through him do we learn to truly love, forgive and sacrifice.  Even lost elder brothers can be found!
  • Jan 15, 2023The Lost Younger Son
    Jan 15, 2023
    The Lost Younger Son
    Luke 15:11-24 The Younger Son’s Heartless Request and the Father’s Surprising Response
    • “Father, give me my share of the estate.” (v.12)
    The Younger Son’s Senseless Rebellion and the Father’s Broken Heart
    • “The younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.” (v.13)
    The Younger Son’s Humble Return and the Father’s Extraordinary Reception
    • “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.” (v.21)
  • Jan 8, 2023The People Around Jesus
    Jan 8, 2023
    The People Around Jesus
    Luke 15:1-10  Introducing “The Prodigal God” by Timothy Keller:
    • This series is a study of Jesus’ parable we tend to call “The Prodigal Son,” though a better title would be “The Loving Father” or “The Two Lost Sons.”
    • Though we think of “prodigal” as meaning wayward or rebellious, in truth it means “recklessly extravagant.” We will be looking at God’s extravagant love toward all of His lost children!
    Who were the people around Jesus in Luke 15?
    • There were the tax collectors and “sinners” who came to learn. (v.1)
    • There were the Pharisees and teachers who came to judge and criticize. (v.2)
    In his parables of The Lost Sheep and The Lost Coin, Jesus reinterprets for his audience how God responds to those who are lost. (vv. 3-10)