Here’s what I want you to do…
Step 1

Think about Luke 15 now – you and God should pick a few things in Luke 15 that seem important or meaningful to you.  Do that now.

Step 2

Then, on Sunday, bring your thoughts and add them to what Dan Haakenson talks about. It will be good to see how well your thoughts and Dan’s thoughts go together with God right in the middle of them both!

I’ll just add a few things here to help you think about Luke 15 – remember that this is for you and God and I’m just here to perhaps help…

The Parable of the Lost Sheep
The Parable of the Lost Coin
The Parable of the Lost Son (Prodigal Son)

Go ahead and read the 3 parables – and while you read think about these parables and what they may have meant to you before (if you have read them before) – and think about what they mean to you now (there are often new thoughts when we read scriptures – isn’t that cool!).

Okay really – stop here – and read the 3 parables(and think some too.)

Done reading?  (We’re going to see if Dan gets it right on Sunday!  Lol.)

But seriously, God speaks to each of us and our thoughts with Him are personal and purposefully just for each of us.  Have some fun with that – see what He is saying to you now.  It can be exciting to read with God and discover personal truths together!

To help us think a bit, here are just a few things to ponder.

Question:  Who is the audience?

  1. Sinners
  2. Teachers of the Law
  3. Pharisees
  4. Tax Collectors
  5. All of the above
  6. None of the Above
  7. Other ________

To get our juices flowing let’s do a few more questions.  (Did I tell you I love numbers?)

There was one lost sheep – out of how many? ________(answer: 100)
There was one lost coin – out of how many? ________(answer: 10)
There was one lost son – out of how many lost sons? ________(answer: 1)

Is there any significance to this for you?  (To me it shows His focus on people – is one on one – very personal.)

In the Lost Son Parable…  Match up the characters in the first column those in the second column.

Lost Son                        God/ Jesus
Older Brother              Sinners/ Tax Collectors
Father                           Pharisees/ Teachers of the Law

Pick out the verse that ‘sticks out’ for you.  Why does it stick out?

Here are a couple for me.

v28 sticks out. 
“The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him.”

I love that Jesus is telling the Pharisees that they are refusing to come in and celebrate that sinners are being saved.  He is pleading with them to come celebrate!

v20 makes me cry.
“…But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.”

When I was far off…  He saw me…  He loved me…  He ran to me… He threw His huge arms around me…  And He kissed me…

All His children get that treatment from Him.  He is just ridiculous!