Lessons of the Wayward Son – Pastor Dean Welten

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Sermon Notes

Luke 15:11-32
Wayward means willfully disobedient.
1. He treated his brother as a stranger, when they had the same father.  Malachi 2:10 
2. He had grown accustomed to the benefits of being a son.  Matthew Henry said, “We are partakers of the same nature.  Therefore, we should be glad of any kindness and grace to us.”  How many times do we treat Jesus with contempt, as if He owes to us all we ask for.  Have we lost the sense of grace of what God has done for us?
3. He refused to participate.  “Asking the Father to be a part of our lives means being a part of His.”  Celebrate what God is doing!”
4. He took it all for granted.  1 Thessalonians 5:18.  Gratitude is the defining quality of the church.  Before we ask ‘what about me; be thankful first.