Jonah: Both the Prodigal Son & Elder Brother

Jonah: God’s Call to All

Jonah: Both the Prodigal Son & Elder Brother

Luke15:11–32

All are lost in sin, rebellion, and anger. Fooled by fake freedom, Jonah and the Prodigal went away from The Father. Clouded by arrogant pride, Jonah and the Elder Brother were full of wrath toward the helpless, who need the grace of The Father. Both stories end with a plea from The Father, who is full of love and mercy for all. What are you living for?

  1. How is Jonah like the Prodigal Son? (Am I free enough?)
  2. How is Jonah like the Elder Son? (Am I good enough?)
  3. How are We like Jonah, the Prodigal, and the Elder Son?

Who’s My Neighbor

Parables: Truths About God’s Kingdom

Who’s My Neighbor

Luke 10:25-37

Have you ever needed someone to stop for you? Has there ever been a time in your life when you needed someone to be merciful toward you? God calls us to be the type of people who give mercy to others. So, what is “Mercy”? Mercy is the sensitivity to see a need, and to act to meet it. Why can we be merciful?

  1. Mercy of the priest and the Levite
  2. The Mercy of the Samaritan

A New Way to Be Human

Parables: Truths About God’s Kingdom

A New Way to Be Human

Luke 16:19-31

Have you even wanted to do the right thing, but hesitated, and never got the chance again? What will we do with the time we are given? What we do in this life will echo in eternity. God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.

  1. The humanity of the Rich Man
  2. The humanity of Lazarus

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

Parables: Truths About God’s Kingdom

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

Matthew 18: 21-35, Genesis 4: 23-24

With this parable Jesus teaches about the reality of the debt of our sin and forgiveness. Grasping how much God has forgiven us allows us to have a forgiving heart toward others.

  • An Unforgiving Heart
  • A Forgiving Heart
  • What forgiveness really is
    • Forgiveness means: giving up the right to seek repayment from the one who harmed you.
    • Someone always pays, on every debt.