THE EXAMPLE OF GOD FOR FATHERS AND GRANDFATHERS – LUKE 15:11-32

Jesus used three parables to teach the concern we should have for lost sinners. He gave the parable of the sheep, the lost coin, and finally the lost son. Do not miss the joy noted in each case when the lost was found (vv. 7, 9, 22-24).

Today, however, we want to approach the parable of the lost son from a little different perspective. We will focus on the father, see the love of God, and challenge fathers and grandfathers with His example.

I. THE EXAMPLE OF A CARING FATHER (vv. 11-13)

A. God’s Care Seen in His Provisions (vv. 11-12a)

  1. God’s provision is complete.
  2. Most of us have more than we deserve.
  3. Fathers/grandfathers today should follow God’s example.
  4. Warning for children . . . . no one owes you a living.

B. God’s Care Seen in His Presentation (vv. 12b-13)

  1. A caring father presents.
  2. The son’s actions were uncaring.
  3. There is a time to cut the apron strings.
  4. God also presents us with our freedom.

II. THE EXAMPLE OF GOD CONTRASTED  (vv. 14-20)

A. Contrast in food (vv. 14-17)

B. Contrast in fellowship (vv. 18-19)

C. Contrast in feelings (v. 20)

III. THE EXAMPLE OF GOD AS A COMPASSIONATE FATHER (vv. 20-22)

A. He is an example in contemplation (v. 20).

B. He is an example in constant compassion (v. 20).

C. He is an example in caressing compassion (v. 20).

IV. THE EXAMPLE OF GOD AS A COUNSELOR (vv. 23-31)

A. The pleading father

B. The responding father

V. THE EXAMPLE OF GOD IN CELEBRATION (v. 32)

A. The merry father

B. The perceptive father

APPLICATION:

  1. Will you provide even when the circumstances seem negative?
  2. Will you give even when the circumstances are not within your agreement?
  3. Will you be ready to provide when the wandering child returns?
  4. Will you have compassion for the returning child?
  5. Will you “show” love and compassion for the returning child?
  6. Will you give counsel to the one who has supported you when he/she is wrong?
  7. Will you make merry “with and for” the returning one?