Sons and Daughters – Outline
September 15, 2019
To illustrate the point further, Jesus told them this story:
“A man had two sons. The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons. (Luke 15:11–12, NLT)
“A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living.
About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve.
He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything. (Luke 15:13–16, NLT)
1. Be patient with God’s timing.
“When he finally came to his senses,
2. It’s never too late to stop and make the right decision.
he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.” ’ (Luke 15:17–19, NLT)
3. The phrase “I am no longer worthy” can cut two ways.
In a healthy sense, like the prodigal son, it can drive us toward God.
The lens of condemnation, says…
I am no longer saveable.
I am no longer loveable.
The lens of conviction, says…
yes, you have blown it.
but, Jesus has made a way for you.
the Father is ready to receive you.
“So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. (Luke 15:20, NLT)
4. The son comes home with a repentant heart.
His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.’ (Luke 15:21, NLT)
Four things we learn about God in this story.
1. God delights in you.
2. God’s love for you never ends.
Long ago the LORD said to Israel: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself. (Jeremiah 31:3, NLT)
Your unfailing love will last forever. Your faithfulness is as enduring as the heavens. (Psalm 89:2, NLT)
3. God’s love always has your best interest at heart.
4. God’s love forgives and restores.
“I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. (John 15:9, NLT)
Digging Deeper –
Study for Individuals and Small Groups
Read the passage out loud as a group. (Luke 15:11-32)
Focus on the Younger Son (vv. 11-20)
What is your opinion about the younger son? Why does he want to leave home?
Is he the kind of person you would like to be with? to manage your money?
What stages does the boy go through? What causes him to come to his senses? What was his attitude like when he returns to his father?
Focus on the Father (vv. 21-25)
Do you think the father understood what was likely to happen when he gave the younger son his inheritance? Why do you think he did it?
What do you think he did while his son was away? How do you think he felt?
The father saw the son returning while he was still a long way off - do you think that this was by chance? How does the father treat the son on his return? What is the father’s primary attitude toward his son?
Focus on the Older Son (vv. 25-32)
How does the older son feel about the return of his younger brother?
Do you think the father loves the younger son more? Why or why not?
Do you think the older brother is justified in his behavior? Why or why not? What does the father want for the older son? What are the results of the older son’s resentment? What other options does the older son have?
• Which son do you identify with? Why?
• Whom does the father represent in the story?
• Whom do the sons represent?
• Why do you think is the main point of Jesus’ story?
• What kind of behaviour pleases God the most?
• What kind of person needs to hear this story the most?
• What lessons did you learn from the story that you can apply to your own life?