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Lessons Learned from a Long Obediance


Lessons Learned from a Long Obedience
Luke 15:11-32
October 1, 2017

“When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!”
-Luke 5:8

“Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Then Jesus told them this parable. . .”
-Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

Prodigal: spending money or resources freely and recklessly; wastefully extravagant; characterized by profuse or wasteful expenditure.

The term “Prodigal” best applies to the behavior of the Father.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ always offends us at some point. We might be offended by something different but we will be offended. In Galatians 5:11 the Apostle Paul refers to the “stumbling block of the cross.”

Vs. 11- “Now a man had two sons. . .”

Both sons were more interested in what they could get from the Father than a relationship with the Father while all along the Father was exclusively interested in a relationship. What the younger son came to realize was that the relationship with the Father was the greatest thing that Father could give.

The Younger Son represents the way of self-discovery (“I determine what is right”) while the Older Son represents the way of moral superiority (“Tradition and law determines what is right.”). The Gospel message tells us that both ways lead to alienation from the Father.

“If, like the elder brother, you believe that God ought to bless you and help you because you have worked so hard to obey him and be a good person, then Jesus may be your helper, your example, even your inspiration, but he is not your savior. You are serving as your own savior.”
-Timothy Keller, Prodigal God

In the end the primary barrier between the Older Son and his Father is not his disobedience but the pride he takes in his obedience

Lessons Learned- Ralph:
Admit your sin and repent
Stay in touch with other believers
Be honest
Know that God loves you, faults and all
Forgive yourself and move forward, do not live in the past

Lessons Learned- Matt:
The real journey to God is from pride to humility
Sin is more than just breaking the rules
“Sin is not just breaking the rules, it is putting yourself in the place of God as Savior, Lord, and Judge just as each son sought to displace the authority of the father in his own life.”
-Timothy Keller, Prodigal God
The Gospel is offensive
Opening yourself to Grace requires you to get out of your own way

I had to make a choice. Am I more concerned with being right or being loved? The Gospel tells us that everyone is wrong, everyone is loved, and therefore everything must change.

When a local newspaper posed the question to its readers, “What’s wrong with the world?” Mr. Chesterton reputedly wrote a brief letter in response which read,” “Dear Sirs: I am. Sincerely Yours, G.K. Chesterton.”


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