Jesus welcomes 'sinners.' Will we? (Time to Come Home #3)

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The difference between Jesus and the religious experts of His day was more practical than we might imagine—He loved people they refused to. Will we?


Main Text: Luke 15:25-32

Simple outline:

  • We’re in a mini-series on the Parable of the Prodigal Son (which would perhaps be better titled as the Parable of the Compassionate Father). This week we’re looking at one of the three main characters in the story: the older son.

  • The older son was just as lost as the younger.

    • He had lived his whole life at home—yet his lack of love for his brother or father have left him outside the feast looking in.

    • The cliffhanger ending is an explicit invitation to the Pharisees—will they come in too?

    • If we won’t love our brothers and sisters, we’re standing outside the feast God is throwing. Will we go in?

  • Jesus told this story to defend and explain the great compassion He has for the sinners and also the Pharisees.

  • Jesus’ invitation is for each of us to experience His compassion—but He also invites us to imitate it. What if we did?

The difference between Jesus and the religious experts of His day was more practical than we might imagine—He loved people they refused to. Will we?


Main Text: Luke 15:25-32

Simple outline:

  • We’re in a mini-series on the Parable of the Prodigal Son (which would perhaps be better titled as the Parable of the Compassionate Father). This week we’re looking at one of the three main characters in the story: the older son.

  • The older son was just as lost as the younger.

    • He had lived his whole life at home—yet his lack of love for his brother or father have left him outside the feast looking in.

    • The cliffhanger ending is an explicit invitation to the Pharisees—will they come in too?

    • If we won’t love our brothers and sisters, we’re standing outside the feast God is throwing. Will we go in?

  • Jesus told this story to defend and explain the great compassion He has for the sinners and also the Pharisees.

  • Jesus’ invitation is for each of us to experience His compassion—but He also invites us to imitate it. What if we did?