Delivered By
Dr Tom Hover
Delivered On
February 4, 2018 at 11:00 AM
Central Passage
Luke 15:25-32
Subject
The Lost Sibling
Description

The Lost Sibling

Luke 15:25-32

Introduction:  II Peter 3:9  

I. THE POSITION HE HELD IN THE FAMILY   Luke 15:25  

A. In The Position Of Privilege  Deuteronomy 21:17  

B. In The Position Of Productivity I Sammuel 16:7, Matthew 7:21-23Jeremiah 17:9-10

You must be born again, John 3:3, 7. 

Salvation is by grace through faith, Eph. 2:8-9.  Are you saved?

II. THE PROBLEM HE HAD WITH THE FESTIVITIES   Luke 15:25

A. He Had A Problem With His Motives

The bottom line here is this:

1. This man did not care that his lost brother had come home.

2. This man did not care about that which pleased the father.

3. This man did not care about the glory of the father, he wanted the glory for what he had been doing.

4. This man did not even care about the father, he did what he did for what he could get out of it.

5. This man even saw his service to the father as “slavery”, v. 29. 

He didn’t serve his father out of love for the father, but out of a desire to help himself.   I Corinthians 10:31  

B. He Had A Problem With His Mentality

C. He Had A Problem With His Methods Galations 5:19-23 

III. THE PETITION HE HEARD FROM THE FATHER  Luke 15:28

A. It Was A Petition Of Pleading

B. It Was A Petition Of Promise

C. It Was A Petition Of Priorities

 

Conclusion: There is one great sad note in this story. We don’t know if the elder brother ever got right. We just don’t know! Have you ever noticed that this is an open-ended story?  Did the elder brother ever come into the feast?  We don’t know! I think Jesus left it this way for a reason.  And here is that reason:  Every individual must write his or her own ending to this story!

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