Part 1:  Luke 15:11-32

Life Group Questions:

  • Share a story from your childhood of a time you made a poor decision and there was a consequence.
  • Read Luke 15:12. Imagine for a minute what was going through the father’s mind as his son made this request. Why was the son asking for his inheritance?
  • How can you picture yourself in the part of the younger brother? Older brother?
  • How have you given up your proper inheritance for temporary gain?
  • What has the world promised you that has fallen short? Share a specific example of a time you fell for the lie.
  • Read verse 17. Hhow have you “come to your senses” and seen the Father in a new way?
  • Read the narrative together as a group. What is God trying to illustrate about His own character in this story?
  • Who in my life needs to hear that there is no mess that is too big for God?
  • For those of us that have been on the Father’s farm for many years, what can we learn from the Elder brother?
  • How can our group pray for you this week?


Sermon Notes and Scripture:

 11 Jesus continued…  To illustrate the point further, Jesus told them this story: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The 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. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He 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! – Luke 15:11-17




18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father. – Luke 15:18-20a

 “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him – Luke 15:20b



“…and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” – Luke 15:20c

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.’ – Luke 15:21



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. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate. 25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. working When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’ 28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’  31”’My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’” – Luke 15:22-32



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