Two Sons #1

August 22, 2021

Gathering Question

  • How many children were in your family when you were growing up and where were you in the birth order?

Gathering Prayer

  • What stood out to you in the sermon? What insights did you gain? What questions did it raise?
  • How does your life look different than it did 18 months ago?
  • How is your spiritual life different than it was 18 months ago?

Luke 15:11-12
There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

  • What does the younger son’s request tell us about him?
  • How would you have answered the younger son if you had been the father?
  • What do you think of the father’s response?
  • Why do you think the father agreed to the son’s request?
  • The father in the story represents God.  Why does God allow us to make choices like the younger son’s choice?
  • How is free choice central to who we are?
  • How is the freedom to choose an expression of God’s love for us?

Luke 15:13
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.

  • Why do bad choices so often lead to more bad choices?
  • How can we squander the blessings and gifts God has given us?

Luke 15:14-16
After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So, he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

  • How do you think the young man felt when he was living it up with the funds from his father?
  • How do you think the young man felt when no one would help him in his time of need?

Luke 15:17-20
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! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ So he got up and went to his father.

The younger son’s story is one of selfishness, broken relationships and settling for so much less than what his father wanted for him.

  • Why can it be so easy for us to slowly and subtly drift away from God?
  • What are some of the small choices in our life that can cause us to drift from God? What are some choices that draw us closer to God?
  • What small, but impactful, steps can you take to draw closer to God?

Closing Prayer

Confess those areas of your life where you have drifted from God and confess any bad choices that have hurt you or others. Give thanks for God’s faithfulness, even in the middle of a pandemic. Commit to God to take the steps you need to take to draw closer to him.