I am excited to announce a new, 6 week study launching Wednesday, April 24th, 7pm at the church, which will be an in depth examination and reflection on Luke 15:11-32, which is perhaps Jesus’ most famous parable, the story of the Prodigal Son. That word “prodigal” can be used to describe the act of spending money or resources in a wastefully extravagant way. Certainly that describes the younger brother, who squandered his inheritance on sinful living. But often neglected in this story is his moralistic elder brother. A right interpretation of the parable must include a consideration of this character too. But there is another character in the story as well, and he can also be described as prodigal in his actions.
Another way to define prodigal is giving something on a lavish and generous scale. And that is exactly how we can describe the father, who lavishly loves both of his wayward sons.
I’ll be guiding a small group through a 6 week study on this parable using the Bible, and Tim Keller’s helpful book, Prodigal God, and I hope you’ll be a part of it. We will continue to have BibleKids downstairs in the fellowship hall for our younger children, but people of all ages are welcome to join us in the sanctuary as we explore Jesus’ incredible parable.
To get the most out of this study, purchase a copy of the book here.
John Piper writes that,
“The Prodigal God is…biblically faithful with fresh angularity. That is, Keller seizes on a great truth and comes at it from an angle and with language that help us see it in new ways.
And D.A. Carson says that,
“There is more than one way to run from God and defy him. But there is only one way back: God is so prodigal in his grace that he reaches out to humble and restore and receive both. Few books unpack this theme with greater force than this slim volume from Tim Keller.”
View the trailer here:
If you would like to participate in this study, please sign up at the table at the back of the sanctuary or email me at email@example.com If you anticipate bringing your children to participate in BibleKids please let us know how many of your kids are coming. It is helpful for me and also our kids’ teachers to know whom to expect.
Again, we’ll be launching this new study Wednesday, April 24th, at 7pm.
I’m very much looking forward to taking a deep dive into this great parable with you!
Grace and Peace,