The Lost Sheep, The Lost Coin, and The Prodigal Son

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Red Oak Presbyterian Church Sunday - 9AM Sunday School, 10:30AM Worship Service

by: Pastor Caryn Pedersen

07/06/2022

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A parable is a simple story that illustrates a profound truth. Did you know that more than a third of Jesus' recorded teaching is in the form of parables? When we study the parables, we hear the voice of Jesus. What is He saying? What is our response?

Through this study, we will grow into a deeper love of the One of whom it was said: "No one ever spoke the way this man does." John 7:46

These three parables, especially the parable of the Prodigal Son, are ones often preached and taught in the church.  Read all three of them as a set. As you read Luke 15:1-32, read it slowly and carefully. What is God saying to you in these parables?

Plan to join us this Sunday morning at 10:30 am or go to our FB page to link to Youtube live on Sunday mornings or anytime on our website redoakpresbyterianchurch.com

Questions to Ponder:

1. How would you define the word "grace"?

2. What is the difference between "mercy" and "grace"?

3. Read Luke 15: 12-13. Stop and think long and hard about what this son said and did. How would you describe this son's behavior? How bad is he?

4. How did things eventually turn out for this young man with his big pile of inheritance money in this distant land? What always eventually comes with all bad behavior?

5. Read Luke 15: 13-16. How are people today like the prodigal son? What do you think motivates people to indulge in a reckless and destructive lifestyle?

6. Read Luke 15: 20-24. What do the actions of the father imply about God's love and forgiveness? What would you say to a person who says they are so sinful God would never forgive them?

7. Is this how fathers with rebellious sons usually behave? Would you, as a parent, immediately do these things for your returning rebellious son?

8. Based on the grace shown by the father in this story, what other possible title might we use for this parable?

9. How is the response of the father an encouragement to people who have a prodigal son or daughter?

10. In these three stories, we've seen powerful picture stories of grace in action. Why does God show us grace (read Romans 5:8; John 3:16)?

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A parable is a simple story that illustrates a profound truth. Did you know that more than a third of Jesus' recorded teaching is in the form of parables? When we study the parables, we hear the voice of Jesus. What is He saying? What is our response?

Through this study, we will grow into a deeper love of the One of whom it was said: "No one ever spoke the way this man does." John 7:46

These three parables, especially the parable of the Prodigal Son, are ones often preached and taught in the church.  Read all three of them as a set. As you read Luke 15:1-32, read it slowly and carefully. What is God saying to you in these parables?

Plan to join us this Sunday morning at 10:30 am or go to our FB page to link to Youtube live on Sunday mornings or anytime on our website redoakpresbyterianchurch.com

Questions to Ponder:

1. How would you define the word "grace"?

2. What is the difference between "mercy" and "grace"?

3. Read Luke 15: 12-13. Stop and think long and hard about what this son said and did. How would you describe this son's behavior? How bad is he?

4. How did things eventually turn out for this young man with his big pile of inheritance money in this distant land? What always eventually comes with all bad behavior?

5. Read Luke 15: 13-16. How are people today like the prodigal son? What do you think motivates people to indulge in a reckless and destructive lifestyle?

6. Read Luke 15: 20-24. What do the actions of the father imply about God's love and forgiveness? What would you say to a person who says they are so sinful God would never forgive them?

7. Is this how fathers with rebellious sons usually behave? Would you, as a parent, immediately do these things for your returning rebellious son?

8. Based on the grace shown by the father in this story, what other possible title might we use for this parable?

9. How is the response of the father an encouragement to people who have a prodigal son or daughter?

10. In these three stories, we've seen powerful picture stories of grace in action. Why does God show us grace (read Romans 5:8; John 3:16)?

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