Yesterday, I continued my series, “Lost People Matter to God.”
I preached on the third parable of Luke 15 – the Parable of the Prodigal Son . I labeled the message, “The God of the Wayward Child.”
Here is the sermon skeleton from Sunday’s message:
Title: “The God of the Wayward Child”
Text: Luke 15:11-24
Series: Lost People Matter to God (Luke 15)
I. The father loved his son so much that he allowed the boy to take advantage of him.
A. God does not want you to live for him because of rules.
B. God does not want you to live for him because of rewards.
C. God wants you to live for him because of relationship.
II. The father loved the boy so much that he eagerly awaited his return.
A. Good news: God is waiting for you to come home.
B. Bad news: God is waiting for you to come home.
III. The father loved the boy so much that he freely restored him with joy.
A. The father freely restored his wayward son.
B. The father joyfully restored his wayward son.
The Parable of the Prodigal Son is three-dimensional – with a focus on the loving father, and prodigal son, and the elder brother. God willing, the next two weeks, I will preach the this parable from the perspectives of the prodigal son and the elder brother.
Pray that God will move and help us to join the party!
The Most Important Commandment
And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this:‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions. – Mark 12:28-34 Armies win…