Text of Sermon Slide Deck: "A Temper Tantrum at God’s Party" (Luke 15:25-32)
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2. God Gives Us His Words of Eternal Life Luke 15:25-32 Found on page 875 in our guest Bibles. Todays Scripture:
3. What comes into our minds when we think of God is the most important thing about us. AW Tozer Th Knowledge of the Holy
4. I would only believe in a God who could dance. Fredrick Nietzsche (1844-1900)
5. ? What if God is dancing, but you dont want to join the celebration? What if Gods heart is wild with celebration, but you refuse to dance?
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7. 1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, This man receives sinners and eats with them. The Gospel of Luke 15:1-2, 11-24
8. 11 And he said to them, There was a The Gospel of Luke 15:1-2, 11-24 man who had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the share of the pro- perty that is coming to me.
9. 12 And he divided the property between The Gospel of Luke 15:1-2, 11-24 them. 13 Not many days later, the young- er son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living.
10. 14 And when he had spent everything, a The Gospel of Luke 15:1-2, 11-24 severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need.
11. 15 So he went and hired himself out to The Gospel of Luke 15:1-2, 11-24 one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to feed the pigs. 16 And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything.
12. 17 But when he came to himself, he The Gospel of Luke 15:1-2, 11-24 said, How many of my fathers hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger!
13. 18 I will rise and go to my father, and I The Gospel of Luke 15:1-2, 11-24 will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.
14. father saw him and felt compassion, and The Gospel of Luke 15:1-2, 11-24 ran and embraced him and kissed him. 20 And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way o, his
15. 21 And the son said to him, Father, I The Gospel of Luke 15:1-2, 11-24 have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worth to be called your son. 22 But the father said to his servants, Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and shoes on his feet.
16. 23 And bring the fattened calf and kill it, The Gospel of Luke 15:1-2, 11-24 and let us eat and celebrate. 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again, he was lost, and is found. And they began to celebrate.
17. The Fathers embrace means there is always grace greater than our sin.
18. Gods glare means grace is rare especially when you sin. ~ The Religious Elite
19. 25 Now his older son was in the eld, The Gospel of Luke 15:25-32 and as he came and drew near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant.
20. 27 And he said to him, Your brother has The Gospel of Luke 15:25-32 come and your father has killed the fat- tened calf, because he received him back safe and sound.
21. 28 But he was angry and refused to go The Gospel of Luke 15:25-32 in.
22. 28 But he was angry and refused to go The Gospel of Luke 15:25-32 in. His father came out and entreated him,
23. The Gospel of Luke 15:25-32 never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. 29 but he answered his father, Look, these many years I served you, and I
24. Look! All these years Ive been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. ~ Luke 15:29 New International Version
25. Do you realize, then, what Jesus is teaching? Neither son loved the father for himself. They both were using the father for their own self-centered ends rather than loving, enjoying, and serving him for his own sake. ~ Tim Keller, The Prodigal God
26. This means that you can rebel against God and be alienated from him either by breaking his rules or by keeping all of them diligently. Its a shocking message: careful obedience to Gods law may serve as a strategy for rebelling against God. ~ Tim Keller, The Prodigal God
27. The Gospel of Luke 15:25-32 prostitutes, you kill the fattened calf for 30 But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with him!
28. The elder brother was completely lost: lost in his refusal to reconcile, lost in his rejection of his fathers joy, lost in his striving for self-salvation, lost in resentment for his brothers reward, and lost in the unrighteous desires of his own sinful heart. But he was lost mostly because he rejected his sonship, seeing himself as a slave instead of a son.
29. The Gospel of Luke 15:25-32 yours. 32 It was tting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found. 31 And he said to him, Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is
30. The Gospel of Luke 15:25-32 .
31. When our hearts are out of sync with the celebrating heart of God, our lives begin to shrink and stink. ShutterstockImageID:393377497
32. Grace is only really appreciated by those who know they are lost.
33. ~ The Apostle Paul ~
34. If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless. ~ The Apostle Paul in Philippians 3
35. But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider every- thing a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. ~ The Apostle Paul in Philippians 3
36. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christthe righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. I want to know Christ. ~ The Apostle Paul in Philippians 3
37. Jesus does not divide the world into moral good guys and the immoral bad guys. He shows us that everyone is dedicated to a project of self-salvation we are just going about it in different ways.
38. This means that Jesus message, which is the gospel, is a completely different spirituality.
39. The gospel of Jesus is not religion or irreligion, morality or immorality, moralism or relativism, conservatism or liberalism. Nor is it something halfway along a spectrum between two polesits something else altogether.
40. Grace is the only thing that can enable your heart to dance with the Father.
41. The thing that keeps me on my knees is the difference between Grace and Karma. At the center of all religions is the idea of Karma. You know, what you put out comes back to you: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. And yet, along comes this idea called Grace to upend all that as you reap, so you will sow stuff.
42. Love interrupts, if you like, the consequences of your actions, which in my case is very good news indeed, because Ive done a lot of stupid stuff.
43. Id be in big trouble if Karma was going to finally be my judge. It doesnt excuse my mistakes, but Im holding out for Grace. Im holding out that Jesus took my sins onto the Cross, because I know who I am, and I hope I dont have to depend on my own religiosity.
44. The point of the death of Christ is that Christ took on the sins of the world, so that what we put out did not come back to us, and that our sinful nature does not reap the obvious death. Its not our own good works that get us through the gates of Heaven.
45. the tax collectors and sinners enter the kingdom before you. ~ Jesus of Nazareth The Gospel of Matthew 21:31
46. I would only believe in a God who could dance. Fredrick Nietzsche (1844-1900)
47. According to Jesus, Gods heart is bent on dancing & celebrating. The only question is, Is yours?
48. the glorious gospel of the blessed God. ~ The Apostle Paul in 1 Timothy 1:11
49. May you know the honour of dancing with the blessed God who invites you to join him in an eternal celebration.
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