Sunday, March 1, 2020

 

Pathways of the Prodigal

 

Luke 15:11-24

11Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons.12The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.14After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need.15So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs.16He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!18I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.19I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’20So he got up and went to his father.

“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.

21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.23Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate.24For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

 

The prodigal allowed other concerns to LURE his heart away from his father’s

house.

 

Life just doesn’t get any better than life in the Father’s house!

 

Psalm 16:11

You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

 

I Peter 1:8

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy

 

John 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.

 

He DRIFTED further from his father and SHIFTED to a lower standard of living.

 

Psalm 32:3-4

When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.

4For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer

 

All the ‘far-off country’ really offers is BROKENNESS, EMPTINESS & SHAME.

 

The prodigal leveraged his failure as a springboard to RECOVERY.

 

Romans 8:32

He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

 

When God does RESTORATIONS, He does them RIGHT!

 

Luke 15:20

So he got up and went to his father. “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.

 

The DEFINITIVE WORDS ON GOD:

… but while he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion on him and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.

 

 

 

 

Worship Set

 

Glorious Day

– Jason Ingram, Jonathan Smith, Kristian Stanfill, and Sean Curran

 

Verse 1

 

I was buried beneath my shame

Who could carry that kind of weight

It was my tomb ’til I met You

 

Verse 2

 

I was breathing but not alive

All my failures I tried to hide

It was my tomb ’til I met You

 

Chorus

 

(‘Cause when) You called my name (and)

I ran out of that grave

Out of the darkness into Your glorious day

You called my name (and) I ran out of that grave

Out of the darkness into Your glorious day

 

Verse 3

 

Now Your mercy has saved my soul

Now Your freedom is all that I know

The old made new Jesus when I met You

 

I needed rescue my sin was heavy

But chains break at the weight of Your glory

I needed shelter I was an orphan

Now You call me a citizen of Heaven

When I was broken You were my healing

Now Your love is the air that I’m breathing

I have a future my eyes are open

 

 

The Heart Of Worship

– Matt Redman

 

Verse 1

 

When the music fades all is stripped away

And I simply come

Longing just to bring something that’s of worth

That will bless Your heart

 

I’ll bring You more than a song

For a song in itself is not what You have required

You search much deeper within

Through the way things appear

You’re looking into my heart

 

Chorus

 

I’m coming back to the heart of worship

And it’s all about You all about You Jesus

I’m sorry Lord for the thing I’ve made it

When it’s all about You all about You Jesus

 

Verse 2

 

King of endless worth no one could express

How much You deserve

Though I’m weak and poor all I have is Yours

Ev’ry single breath

 

 

Cornerstone

– William Batchelder Bradbury, Eric Liljero, Reuben Morgan, Edward Mote, and Jonas Myrin

 

Verse 1

 

My hope is built on nothing less

Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness

I dare not trust the sweetest frame

But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name

 

Chorus

 

Christ alone cornerstone

Weak made strong in the Saviour’s love

Through the storm He is Lord

Lord of all

 

Verse 2

 

When darkness seems to hide His face

I rest on His unchanging grace

In every high and stormy gale

My anchor holds within the veil

My anchor holds within the veil

 

He is Lord Lord of all

 

Verse 3

 

When He shall come with trumpet sound

Oh may I then in Him be found

Dressed in His righteousness alone

Faultless stand before the throne