Our Prodigal God | Digging Deeper

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Sermon from Feb 23, 2020

With today’s advanced medical technology, doctors can see inside the human body to diagnose and treat many different conditions. But only God can clearly see inside our spiritual hearts to diagnose and treat the sins and attitudes that hinder our relationship with Him & with others. Today we examine a series of parables told by Jesus to expose a set of serious heart issues.


  1. What is the context of the three parables told by Jesus in Luke 15? What similarities and differences do you see in these 3 parables?

  2. What do you think of when you hear the word “prodigal”? Compare that with the actual definition of the word. How does this new information change your perspective on the parable?

  3. The story of the prodigal son seems like it should end at verse 24, but it does not. How does the “third act” of the parable deepen the meaning?

  4. What differed between the younger son’s & older son’s reasoning in regards to gaining their father’s acceptance? Which approach is correct?

  5. What similarities and differences do you observe in how the father responds to each of his two sons? What lessons can we learn from the father’s example?

  6. Who do you think the characters of the younger son, the older son and the father represent in this parable? Which do identify with the most?

  7. What is the difference between being unrighteous, righteous & self-righteous? Read Luke 18:9-14. Biblically, what is the cure for unrighteousness & self-righteousness?


Even though we may initially identify with one particular character in this parable, in reality, at various points in our lives we find ourselves in all 3 roles. We all need to “come home” in repentance, to rejoice over those to whom grace is extended, and to offer forgiveness & act as a minister of reconciliation. Ask God to reveal your heart and adjust any wrong attitudes you may have that are negatively impacting your relationship with Him & with others.


“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Luke 18:14b
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