In the last two weeks what are some ways that you have recognized the Power of God at work through your prayer and bible study?
This week Geo taught us some practicals on the story of the prodigal son. In Luke Chapter 15 Jesus has two types of listeners in his audience: the sinner and the pharisee. Geo emphasized that we should take the perspective of the sinner in that we were once all sinners and even if we have been freed from the snare of sin, we are still not perfect and fall victim to it.
Who are you in the crowd of listeners? In the story of the prodigal son do you find that you relate more to the prodigal son or the son who stayed by his father's side?
a) Geo taught that there are five stages of a prodigal: arrogance, spent, broken, humbled and celebrated. In the Prodigal Son we see the prodigal ask for his full inheritance now so that he can squander it rather than use it to continue his father's legacy.
Read Romans 1:22-25
22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles. 24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
What similarities do you see between the scripture above and the story of the prodigal son?
What are some ways that we try to satisfy ourselves with created things?
b) Looking at the world around us we can find ourselves wanting to fill our lives with the things our neighbors do. This can be the house, the vehicles, the career, our families, and our own sense of being a "good" person. It seems that those around us are fulfilled by these things but often it leaves us feeling empty. Hopefully we end up seeing that Jesus offers the only way to a life of fulfillment.
Read John 10:10
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
How does pursuing a life of worldly fulfillment steal from us the opportunity of a life fulfilled by Jesus Christ?
In what ways does it leave us worse off than where we began?
Bringing it Home
On Sunday Geo pointed out that we mostly celebrate repentance during baptisms however God celebrates repentance always.
Consider Luke 15:10
10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
This week lets celebrate each other's repentance. Instead of consoling each other over sin find ways to congratulate each other for turning from it even if it is as simple as sharing the joy God and his angels are feeling in heaven at that very moment.