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May 6, 2018

Prodigal Pt. 1 - The Younger Brother

• Luke 15:1-24 (ESV)

• God extends recklessly extravagant grace toward recklessly rebellious sinners.

• 1. The Recklessness of Sin

• Luke 15:11-12 (ESV)

• “Sin doesn’t always look sinful to us; sometimes it looks beautiful. That’s why we need grace to see sin for what it really is - dark, dangerous, enslaving, and destructive.” - Paul Tripp

• 2. The Recklessness of Grace

• “The word ‘prodigal’ does not mean ‘wayward’ but, according to Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, ‘recklessly spendthrift.’ It means to spend until you have nothing left. This term is therefore as appropriate for describing the father in the story as his younger son. The father’s welcome to the repentant son was literally reckless, because he refused to ‘reckon’ or count his sin against him or demand repayment.” - Tim Keller in The Prodigal God

• Luke 15:10 (ESV)

• “Good news! God never tires of you coming to him in desperation. He’s never annoyed with your weakness. He’s never put out by your neediness.” - Kimm Crandall

• “When Satan tells me I am a sinner he comforts me immeasurably, since Christ died for sinners.” - Martin Luther