Date: December 27, 1998

Speaker: Steve Thurman

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The Reckless Son
Part 1
Luke 15:11-32

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"We are all fallen creatures and all very hard to live with." - C.S. Lewis, Letters to American Lady

"Good and evil both increase at compound interest. That is why the little decisions you and I make every day are of infinite importance." - C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Outline (Luke 15: 11-32)

A. The Departure ... into a "distant land"

B. The Descent ... into the pig pen

Life Response

In "distant lands" around the world there are literally hundreds of millions of people in desperate need of a relationship with the Father. Will you pray for them? Will you do short-term missionary work to reach them? What can you do to support the missionary efforts of FBC?

For centuries, theologians have made the point: Until man is clear-thinking, honest, and humble about his own depravity and sin, he will never appreciate the wonder of Godís mercy. How could he? Self-righteousness never feels the depth of Godís grace or a need for it.

If truth were told, each one of us has a "distant country" that we wander off to from God, sometimes for a short stay, sometimes for a long visit. On either trip, damage is done. Maybe right now, you are living in a "distant land," far from the Father. You donít have to stay.

God never wants us to participate in Qetsatsah Ceremony. Never. Is there anyone in your life who has failed God - and you - whom you have rejected and cast to the wind? Do you need to apologize to them? Can you invite them back into your life, and accept and love them?

Across the street from where you live is a family or acquaintance living in "distant land." Many of your neighbors live far from God and need to hear about the Cross from you in a loving, caring, serving manner. What can you do in 1999 to build a friendship?

Important questions to ask: Do I have a heart for "lost" people? How can I grow a bigger heart for the "lost"? Do I know how to build a genuine friendship? Am I clear on the gospel and what someone needs to do to be saved? Am I praying, not only for my "lost" friend, but for the courage to graciously share about Christ?

Steve Thurman is the founding pastor of Fellowship Bible Church, where he served for almost eleven years. Over two years ago, he, his wife, Donna, and their two youngest children, Zach & Jordan, moved to New Zealand to develop and launch MARINERS, a leadership training center for promising pastors and church-planters. If you would like to contact them, find out more about them or their ministry, or receive their monthly newsletter, they can be reached at: Team Kiwi, 6660 Delmonico Drive, Suite 202, Colorado Springs, CO 80919, or call Jack Jackson at 593-2433.

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