EXTRAVAGANT OBSESSION 2
JESUS TELLS THE STORY OF THE WAYWARD SON
LUKE 15:11-32 NKJV Then He said: "A certain man had two sons. 12 "And the younger of them said to [his] father, 'Father, give me the portion of goods that falls [to me].' So he divided to them [his] livelihood.
SON SQUANDERS INHERITANCE
13 "And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. 14 "But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. 15 "Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 "And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him [anything].
SON COMES TO HIMSELF
17 "But when he came to himself, he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 'I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, 19 "and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants."
FATHER ANTICIPATES AND PREPARES FOR RETURN - HE RUNS
20 "And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, HIS FATHER SAW HIM and HAD COMPASSION, and RAN and FELL ON HIS NECK and KISSED HIM. 21 "And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.'
FATHER THROWS A MEMORABLE PARTY
22 "BUT the father said to his servants, 'Bring out the BEST ROBE and put [it] on him, and put a RING on his hand and SANDALS on [his] feet. 23 'And bring the FATTED CALF here and kill [it], and let us EAT AND BE MERRY; 24 'for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' And they began to be merry.
OLDER SON FEELS NEGLECTED
25 "Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard MUSIC AND DANCING. 26 "So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27 "And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.'
OLDER SON REFUSES TO PARTICIPATE – FATHER REQUESTS
28 "But HE WAS ANGRY and WOULD NOT GO IN. Therefore his father came out and PLEADED with him. 29 "So he answered and said to [his] father, 'Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave ME a young goat, that I might make merry with MY friends.
30 'But as soon as this SON OF YOURS came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.' 31 "And he said to him, 'Son, YOU ARE ALWAYS WITH ME, and ALL THAT I HAVE IS YOURS. 32 'It was right that WE SHOULD MAKE MERRY and BE GLAD, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.' "
to the Lord
is about Gods
We show our GUESTS
that God is FOR THEM
by how well we SERVE THEM!
1. What do we want GUESTS to EXPERIENCE?
2. What EMOTION do we want them to FEEL?
- EMOTION: Obsessively Anticipated
- EMOTION: Surprisingly Personal
- EMOTION: Unexpectedly Exciting
- EMOTION: Adhesively Empowered
CALL TO ACTION
- Grab INVITE CARDS on the way out.
- TREASURE ONE PERSON this week with an INVITE.
- CELEBRATE with your GROUP the experience.
MOVING FORWARD THIS WEEK
- WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH THIS?
- HOW WILL YOU USE IT TO HELP/SERVE OTHERS?
At LifePointe, we focus on relevant teaching, heartfelt worship, honest friendships, constant prayer, and compassionate care for others. Whether you’ve never been to church or are looking for a place to call home, you are welcome here. We invite you to join us every Sunday service. We believe that if you give us a full year of Sundays and Groups at LifePointe, Jesus will change your life forever!
If you want to be part of all God is doing at LifePointe, we invite you to become a member by attending our START TRACK.
The START TRACK is a four step ONLINE MasterClass process. You will be assigned a START TRACK HOST to answer questions and help you along the journey. After STEP FOUR you will have the option to join the church.
WHERE DO I START?
The LifePointe START TRACK guides you to discover your redemptive purpose and live the life God created for you. The Start Track is made up of four steps that equip you to:
- STEP ONE: Connect to God and the church
- STEP TWO: Find freedom in growing relationships
- STEP THREE: Discover meaning in Bible training
- STEP FOUR: Use your God-given gifts to make a difference in the lives of others
The LifePointe START TRACK is a spiritual journey, as well as LifePointe’s membership process. Everyone desiring to be a member of LifePointe Church is required to graduate all four steps in the process.
START TRACK IS FOR:
- Veteran LifePointers who have not experienced all four Steps of START TRACK
- New people who really want to become a Hero-Disciple of Jesus and win the day
- Visitors who want to see what LifePointe is all about
- Anyone desiring to be a member of LifePointe
- Teenagers join the Track too