Summary: God is ready to receive you back, no matter what you’ve done.
February 26, 2017 Morning Service
Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK
Message Point: God is ready to receive you back, no matter what you’ve done.
Focus Passage: Luke 15:11-32
Introduction: Prodigal: given to or characterized by useless consumption or expenditure
I. Took and Squandered His Father’s Money
a. He was selfish. The money was an inheritance.
b. He acted hastily. He got the money
c. Made friends out of rascals
d. Spent his money on wine and prostitutes
II. Returned to His Father’s House
a. The party lasted until the money ran out
b. Lost his friends
c. Found himself in a pigsty.
d. He came to his senses
e. The father saw him while he was still a long way off.
III. A Character Study
a. The father waited and waited and celebrated when he returned.
b. The brother that stayed at home was upset because he misunderstood the celebration.
c. The prodigal son was always a son to the father; it didn’t matter what he had done. He always had a home.
Application/Invitation: So many lessons to be learned from this little parable. The ones we’ll concentrate on today are that no matter where you find yourself, no matter what you’ve done, God is waiting for you. We should be excited when the unrighteous repent. Where are you today? Are you looking down your nose in judgment as the stay-at-home brother did? Or are you excited when someone gets saved. Or perhaps you are the one that has gone astray. Maybe you’ve found yourself in the proverbial pigsty. Get yourself up and GO HOME! God is waiting for you. He loves you and will receive you as you are, but loves you too much to let you stay that way!