Series: One Matters
Title: Part 3
Date: June 18-19, 2016
Speaker: Phil Vaughan
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.” Luke 15:1-2 (NIV)
Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons.” Luke 15:11 (NIV)
The younger one said to his father, “Father, give me my share of the estate.” So he divided his property between them. Luke 15:12 (NIV)
But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was ﬁlled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. Luke 15:20b
“Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.” Luke 15:18b-19 (NIV)
But the father said to his servants, “Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his ﬁnger and sandals on his feet.” Luke 15:22 (NIV)
The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. Luke 15:28 (NIV)
But he answered his father, “Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!” Luke 15:29-30 (NIV)
“My son,” the father said, “you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.” Luke 15:31-32 (NIV)
The Father’s sons followed two very different paths:
· Religious morality
They both were using the father for their own self-centered ends rather than loving, enjoying, and serving him for his own sake. - Tim Keller
This means that you can rebel against God and be alienated from him either by breaking his rules or by keeping all of them diligently. - Tim Keller
We are more likely to repent when face down in a pig pen than when sitting in church.
Through this parable, Jesus completely redeﬁnes sin.
Are you using God as a means to an end?
We’ll Start Where You Are
· Younger brother
· Older brother
Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.
· If you had siblings, in what ways did you compete with each other?
· How do you feel when other people get rewards greater than they deserve?
· Read Luke 15:11-32
· How did the father respond to the younger son’s return? (v. 22-24)
· Why did the father call for celebration? (v. 22-24)
· What complaints did the older brother bring to his father? (v. 29-30)
· How did the father respond to the older brother? (v. 31-32)
· Have you ever been like the older or younger brother? What did that look like for you?
· Are you ever tempted to follow the path of religious morality (rule following) or self-discovery (rule breaking)?
· How would you respond to the Tim Keller quote, “They both were using the father for their own self-centered ends rather than loving, enjoying, and serving him for his own sake.”?
· What does the parable reveal to you about the Father’s love for you and for all?
· Is there any area where you need to say “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you”?
· What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?
· What will help you remember it?
· Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?