Date: September 17, 2000

Series: The Parables of Jesus

Speaker: Steve Hixon

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What Makes God Party?
The Parable of the “Prodigal Son”
Luke 15

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The Setting and Context (vv. 1-2)

Pictures of a Father’s Gracious Heart (vv. 3-10)

What God Cares About – Lost Sheep (vv. 3-7)

Why God Parties – Lost Coin (vv. 8-10)

Actions From a Father’s Gracious Heart – Lost Children (vv. 11-32)

Looking and Running (vv.11-24)

Longing and Reaching (vv. 25-32)

Life Responses
Is it time that I turn and headed home? God is looking for you –wanting to receive and rejoice. Will you trust him?

Do I “welcome people” and yet not really want to “eat” with them…? (See Luke 15:2) What would cause you to change? Ask him to give you His priorities. He will.

Do I get excited about the things God gets excited about? Do I want to go to the parties he throws? Ask him to invite you to the next one-and then just wait with expectation!

Am I outside sulking while God is rejoicing over someone turning to him? Have I seen my relationship as something I must earn? Turn and go in and join the party – he is waiting to receive you with celebration!

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