Mother’s Day - May 14, 2017

Warm Up: If you are familiar with the story of the prodigal son you’ll remember that there are 3 main characters — the younger son, the father, and the older brother. If you need a refresher, quickly look at Luke 15:11-24. Which person do you most identify with? 

  • The word “prodigal” means exceedingly generous, lavishly wasteful. On Sunday we learned from Pastor Buddy Owens that this word appears no where in the parable of The Prodigal Son. Open your time by reading this story aloud. 
  • According to the definition of prodigal, who in the story most accurately lived up to this title? 
  • How did this touch your heart in considering your Heavenly Father’s love?
  • In this story the son begins to recite his prepared speech; yet it seems the father won’t even hear it. Instead, he commands that the boy be treated like a son, and not like a servant. 1 John 3:1 says, “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God. And that is what we are!”
  • Are you ever tempted to “meet God half way” and trust a bit of his forgiveness but also trust that you can step into his good graces by returning to him as a servant? Why is this so many of our tendencies? 
  • Are you ever tempted to “talk God out of his mercy” over your life?  Why do you think this is the case?
  • Most of us can relate to having gone off to “distant lands” at some point in our lives. Sin, rebellion, and stubbornness fueled our respective journeys, yet, hopefully we “came to our senses” and turned back for home. Notice in the story that the kiss from the father comes before his son’s repentant confession (See v. 20-21). 
  • What does this say to you about God the Father’s love for us in the midst of our wanderings? 
  • Does this speak to you about how you ought to love and forgive others? (think: marriage, kids, friends?) 

Wrap Up: As you close in prayer, consider what Jesus’ invitation for you to “come home” in this season of life may mean. It may be rekindling your prayer life, resting in His forgiveness, receiving His easy yoke and light burden (see Matthew 11:30), or something else altogether. Spend a minute silently listening for the Lord’s voice. Respond (as you feel led) by confessing aloud where you sense the Lord is asking you to “come home”.