The Son Who Stayed At Home

TEXT: Luke 15:11-13

INTRODUCTION:

A. LET'S FOCUS ON THE OTHER SON - THE "NEGLECTED" SON.

B. BACKGROUND -

1. Criticism for associating with sinners( vs. 1-2 ).

2. His purpose( 19:10 ).

3. Pharisees looked down on everyone - Their problem( Matt. 21:28-31 ).

C. THE SON WHO STAYED AT HOME - LIKE THE PHARISEES.

1. We want to be different.

2. He was a model of what we should not be.

I. HE WAS SELF-RIGHTEOUS( vs. 29-30 ).

A. REMINDS OF THE PHARISEE AND THE PUBLICAN( Luke 18:10-14 ).

B. "JUDGE NOT"( Matt. 7:1-5; Rom. 14:10-12 ).

II. HE COULDN'T CONTROL HIS ANGER( vs. 28 ).

A. IT'S NOT WRONG TO BE ANGRY( Eph. 4:26-27 ).

B. HOW SHOULD WE BEHAVE( James 1:19-20; Col. 3:8 ).

III. HE WAS SELFISH( vs. 31 ).

A. JESUS WAS WILLING TO GIVE UP ALL( 2 Cor. 8:9 ).

B. THERE IS PLENTY TO GO AROUND( 1 John 3:16-18 ).

IV. HE HAD AN UNFORGIVING SPIRIT.

A. WAS SURPRISED THAT HIS FATHER FORGAVE SO EASILY. NOT HIM!

B. WHAT DID JESUS SAY?( Matt. 6:12; Luke 17:3-4 ).

C. DO WE JUDGE GOD?( Rom. 9:18 ).

V. HE DID NOT REJOICE TO SEE A SINNER REPENT.

A. JESUS CAME TO CALL SINNERS TO REPENTANCE( Luke 5:32 ).

B. ANGELS HAVE A SPECIAL JOY WHEN SINNERS REPENT( Luke 15:7 ).

C. IT'S GOD'S DESIRE THAT ALL REPENT( 2 Pet. 3:9 Eph. 5:1 )

VI. HE WAS JEALOUS( vs. 29-30 ).

A. 1 Pet. 2:1; Gal. 5:19-21.

B. Rom. 12:15. "REJOICE WITH THEM THAT REJOICE."

VII. HE WAS NOT HUMBLE - WANTED TO TELL HIS FATHER

HOW TO RUN HIS HOUSE.

A. DO WE QUESTION THE DECISIONS OF GOD AND HIS WILL( Rom. 9:18 ).

B. SOME ARE LOYAL AS LONG AS THEY HAVE THEIR WAY( 2 Pet. 2:10 ).

C. IT'S GOD'S WILL THAT WE SHOULD UPHOLD( Luke 22:42; Rom.11:33ff. ).

CONCLUSION:

A. WE NEED TO LEARN THE LESSON OF OUR TEXT.

B. WE MUST OBEY IN ALL THINGS( Matt. 7:21 ).