Series: “PLEASE COME HOME: The Prodigal’s Journey from Shame to Grace”
Sunday, October 1, 2017: “LIFE-CHANGE: A Case Study” • Pastor David R. Stokes
As the Pharisees, sinners, and Publicans listened to the story Jesus was telling them, they anticipated the great pivotal moment. After all, the story was the third narrative he shared that day about the idea of “lost and found” (coin, sheep, etc.). So the moment of truth, when the prodigal son “came to his senses” was a matter of when, not if. Life-change was the point of the story.
Have you heard someone say (or said yourself): “People never change.” It’s a common expression of frustration. But everything in the Bible points to the idea that people can and do change—in fact, that’s the point of the Gospel. Redemption. Regeneration. Recovery. Return.
Life-change, however, comes at a price—one that too many are unwilling to pay. That price is REPENTANCE, in the fullest sense of the word. Repentance is a change of mind, that leads to a change of heart, that leads to a change of direction, that leads to a change of destination. But it all begins with a change in the way we think.
The prodigal son’s life-change began with a moment of CLARITY, CALCULATION, CONVICTION, & CONFESSION.
- When was the last time you repented—truly changed your mind and moved toward God?
- Why was the prodigal’s repentance a matter of when, not if?
- What does it mean to experience and express CONVICTION?