Episode 098 – Parable of the Lost Son Pt 5: Joy is the Test
Key Passage(s): Luke 15:11-32
Two significant (but often overlooked) moments in the parable reveal there’s more than one way to be lost. It’s just as possible to be lost in the Father’s house as it is to be lost in the far country. Countless people end up lost not as prodigals, but by believing they’re earning God’s love and acceptance with their obedience. This is not how the Father runs the house. And this episode explores how joy is the litmus test that keeps us from getting lost on the inside.
- What was your biggest takeaway from the teaching?
- What are one or two specific ways you’ve been the older brother in your life?
- If joy is the litmus test to a thriving relationship with God, what’s your joy level like right now? What are the implications of being at that level?
- What would it look like for you to “join the party” this week or in general?
- How will you begin living out the truths of this teaching this week?
For Further Study
- Stories With Intent by Klyne Snodgrass – Pages 117-143
- Poet & Peasant and Through Peasant Eyes (Combined Ed.) by Kenneth Bailey – Pages 158-206 in Poet & Peasant
- Jesus, The Middle Eastern Storyteller by Gary M. Burge – Chapter 6
- The Parables by Brad Young – Chapter 7
- The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen
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