The Parable of the Prodigal Sons, Sept. 30-Oct. 6

Luke 15:1-2, 11-32

Message Outline

The Younger Son

The younger son was a rebellious son.


The Father’s Response


The Older Son

The older son was a religious son.


The Father’s Response


What We Need

We need Jesus, the Redeeming Son.


Group Discussion Questions

  1. What are some of the ways you’ve rebelled in your life against an authority figure? Against God? What would you say you were looking for in your rebellion?
  2. Can you relate to the relationship between the father and the younger son? If so, in what way?
  3. What do you think the younger son was feeling as he went to meet his father? Have you ever felt that way before?
  4. How is the father’s response counter-intuitive to the way most people would respond? Do you believe God feels that way toward His rebellious children?
  5. What was the sin of the older brother? Have you ever been guilty of doing the same thing?
  6. What are some of the ways you have had a ‘religious’ heart toward God? Can you think of a time    where you felt God owed you something because of your behavior?
  7. What is the father’s response to the older son? Do you believe God feels that way towards His ‘religious’ children?
  8. How does Jesus, the “Redeeming Son,” and his gospel answer our rebellious or religious heart problem?
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