“Come to the Party!”, March 19, 2017

Additional Information: Surprise Party

Corresponding Message: SimiCov Media

The Text: Luke 15:1–32
*What words, phrases, or parts of the story catch your attention? Why?
*What is something you noticed for the first time?
*What questions do you have about the text?
*Was there anything that bothered you?
*What did you learn about loving God and loving others?

This story of the Prodigal Son has been called “the Gospel in a nutshell.”
*What elements of “the Gospel” do you see in this story?
*What makes this story surprising, scandalous, too good to be true?

All three parables in Luke 15 are about partying when lost things are found.
*Describe a time when you played a part in a “lost” person coming to faith for the first time or coming to back to faith after some time away.

Henri Nouwen believes the call of the story is to become the compassionate Father.
*Who were the spiritual fathers/mothers in your life?
*For whom have you been a spiritual father/mother?
*In your opinion, what do you think keeps people from taking this step in faith and becoming a spiritual father/mother to others?

*Who are the LOST people in your life who you long to see come home? *When it comes to sharing God’s story of grace and forgiveness with them, what are the barriers/hurdles in the way?

Action.
*If you believed Jesus’ teachings were true, what is one thing you could do to respond to this text?