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Delivered By
Pastor Will Lott
Delivered On
March 26, 2017 at 11:00 AM
Central Passage
Luke 15:11-32
Once Upon a Time... Stories from Jesus

The key to relating to the some of the stories in the Bible is to find yourself in the story. 

Jesus taught a lot using stories we call parables.  A parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning.


TEXT:  Luke 15:11-24


"There was a man who had two sons," Jesus begins, and immediately we know that this story has something to do with relationships.


The Prodigal Son was lost to his father by his deliberate choice and rebellion.


Let’s examine this younger son and his actions


Ruined by Rebellion…

Proverbs 16:25 – “There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.”


He left for a distant country

  • He went to a people who were not his own to search for what he already had.

He spent everything he had

  • He spent his father’s wealth

He was in need and he hungered

  • It was not only in the land but also in him.

He hired himself out

  • He joined himself to a citizen of that country, not even of his own country

He was alone

  • “No one gave him anything” (Luke 25:26)


The only thing that remained constant in his life was his father’s love.


The son wanted the material benefits of sonship, but without the obligations and responsibilities of relationship. And that’s the world’s attitude toward God. People want God’s blessings, but they don’t want a relationship with Him.


Do you want God, or just His "stuff"?


Redirected by Remembrance…

Often times, in midst of the messes of life, that mess allows us to come to our senses.

The son began to think.  He reevaluated and he repented.  His reflection gave him hope.


Restored by Repentance…

This is a picture of repentance.

First, he admitted that he was in bad shape

Second, he recognized the cause of his problem, which was his own sin.

Third, he acknowledged that he had no claim on his father. He no longer had any right to be called his father’s son.

And so fourth, he determined to seek grace


Luke 15:20-24


The father was looking for his son.

The Prodigal Son thought he would return as a servant, but his father made him an heir!


Our Heavenly Father is looking for you!