Episode 094 – Parable of the Lost Son Pt 1: Live The Story

Key Passage(s):Luke 15:1-2

Traditionally known as the “Parable of the Prodigal Son,” this story of Jesus has captured the hearts and minds of people for two thousand years. It’s among his most famous teachings, and it highlights the essence of his mission. And like every story of Jesus (and of the Bible), it has historical context that is often lost on readers. Which is why in this episode, we begin laying out that context by looking at the reason Jesus tells the parable in the first place. And as we’ll discuss, too many are content knowing the stories of Jesus. But we’re not just called to know the stories of Jesus; we’re called to live the stories of Jesus.

Discussion Questions

  • What was your biggest takeaway from part one of the Parable of the Lost Son teaching?
  • Were you aware that the reason Jesus told the Parable of the Lost Son (Prodigal) was due to the muttering of the religious leaders? How does that change or enhance your understanding of the parable?
  • As mentioned in the teaching, the series will explore additional reasons why the religious leaders took issue with Jesus’s love and acceptance of all people, but what do you think some of those reasons were? Do you struggle with any of the reasons you’ve identified? If so, why?
  • Where might God be challenging you with the possibility that you’ve been too content simply knowing the stories of Jesus (and of the Bible), but not fully living them out?
  • Is there a rhythm or a practice that you can employ this year that will help you engage God’s Word more deeply and allow God more access to purifying your life?
  • How will you begin living out the truths of this teaching this week?
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  1. wesley campbell January 14, 2020 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    Brother Brad, I love the picture over your fireplace. How/where could I obtain one? And I do cherish your ministry!

    • Brad Gray January 14, 2020 at 4:30 pm - Reply

      Just sent you an email, Wesley!

    • Tammy Beavers February 24, 2020 at 9:24 am - Reply

      I really like the picture also! Could I get the information too?

  2. Christine Westjohn January 16, 2020 at 5:23 am - Reply

    Thank you Brad for helping me renew my mind to his matchless word again. Also to live his word. I thank God every day for how he works in your life.

    • Brad Gray January 16, 2020 at 3:42 pm - Reply

      You are most welcome, Christine. I bless God for that!

  3. Jeryl Scott January 19, 2020 at 7:52 am - Reply

    Hi Brad, Please share where you obtained the picture over your fireplace and the meaning. I just love it! Thank you!

    • Jeryl January 19, 2020 at 8:10 am - Reply

      Sorry, I just continued with this teaching and heard you say the word is “yahweh,” the Hebrew name for God.

      • Brad Gray January 19, 2020 at 4:48 pm - Reply

        No worries, Jeryl! I did a teaching on Exodus 3 a number of years ago, and because this is such a seminal chapter due to God giving His intimate, personal, covenantal name, I had a friend of mine do this painting for the teaching’s illustration. We put the painting up in the church I was serving in, but we took a photo of it, and a buddy of mine printed this for me on a canvas. So there’s its history 🙂

        • Jeryl January 20, 2020 at 5:27 pm - Reply

          Very nice! Love the Teaching Series and we have bought a few of your recommended books. God bless you and your ministry!

          • Brad Gray January 21, 2020 at 2:13 pm

            Greatly appreciate that, Jeryl. Thank you!

  4. Crystal Lorenzo January 19, 2020 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    Before I listen to the teaching the word Godnhas spoken to me lately is humble. How can I live being humble to think and live like Jesus. It’s being a big transformation in my life already. Thank you for this teaching brother Brad.

    • Brad Gray January 21, 2020 at 2:13 pm - Reply

      “Humble” … great word. Something we all need an appropriate portion of 🙂

  5. Victoria Bumbalough February 24, 2020 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    Could you also email me how I may purchase the picture above your mantle?

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