Date: January 3, 1999
Speaker: Steve Thurman
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"Though our feeling come and go, His love for us does not. It is not wearied by our sins, or our indifference; and, therefore, it is quite relentless in its determination that we shall be cured or (our) sins, at whatever cost to us, at whatever cost to Him." - C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
"God loves us; not because we are lovable but because He is love, not because He needs to receive but because He delights to give." - C.S. Lewis, Letters of C.S. Lewis
Outline (Luke 15: 11-32)
A. The Return ... of the son
B. The Rejoicing ... of the Father
This story represents the essence of all evangelism and missionary efforts pleasing to God: Do I, like the Father, have a genuine heart for "lost" people? Do I rejoice when they wander, filthy, down the road? Will I love them on the road, no guarantees? Will I rejoice at the opportunity to show them unconditional love and soften their heart for Christ?
Are you enjoying a rich Christian life that comes naturally (and supernaturally) when you befriend and love your "lost" friends? "I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ" (Philemon 6).
Have you ever run down the road to kiss such a one as the reckless son?
Should the Father have waited before he showed his son such affection and acceptance? Should he have scolded him first? Should he have required a probationary period? Should he have demanded an explanation, even a repayment? What do you think?
Wasn't the Father risking too much? Wasn't he putting his heart out there to be crushed again? How many times do you think he would (or should) run down that same road?
What do you think the Father and the younger son talked about in the days and the months ahead?
Do you want to love the "lost" and encourage there hearts to consider Christ as Savior? Consider various acts of kindness you might do for them. Spend lots of time with them. Ask the Holy Spirit to prepare them, and you.
|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.|