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Fellowship with the Father (Luke 15:11-32) - 5/19/24


  • Jesus continues to expose the peoples hypocrisy.

  • The third parable. A parable of two sons and a father.

  • The joy of repentance. Repentance=Fellowship (Sheep, Coin, Son)

  • Older son is focal point… refusing to repent and accept the joy of true fellowship with his father.

The Younger Son

A picture of lostness and repentance


  • What I need and deserve

  • Fulfilling the needs of the flesh


  • Treating his father as if he were dead

  • Lack of respect for authority

  • Left the land.

  • Illicit behavior


  • Lost it all. HAS NOTHING

  • Satan’s tactics. STEAL, KILL, DESTROY John 10:10

  • All the pleasures of the world to near death


  • He was desperate, hopeless and had nothing to offer.

  • He knew he could not repay his father.

  • He was broken. Psalm 32:5, Psalm 51:1-4

  • But he knew even his father took care of his servants.

  • Heavenly Father gives life more abundantly John 10:10

The Father

A picture of acceptance and forgiveness


  • Forgave him.

  • Bore his shame and sorrow.

  • Met him and walked into the village with him


  • The joy of his return

  • The best. Undeserved.

The Older Son

 A picture of lostness and unrepentance


  • We see his heart.

  • Jealous, resentful, bitter

  • “Look what I have been doing.”

  • Matthew 7:21-23


The What Now

  • The key to repentance is seeing ourselves for who we truly are.

  • True repentance feels a sorrow over sin.

  • We see ourselves as unworthy to receive forgiveness.

  • True repentance is a turning to Christ.

  • True repentance results in the joy of our fellowship with the Lord.

I shall next show what gospel repentance is. Repentance is a grace of God’s Spirit, whereby a sinner is inwardly humbled and outwardly reformed. For a further amplification, know that repentance is a spiritual medicine made up of six special ingredients:1. Sight of sin2. Sorrow for sin3. Confession of sin4. Shame for sin5. Hatred for sin6. Turning from sinIf any one ingredient is left out, it loses its virtue.(Thomas Watson, The Doctrine of Repentance) 

2 Corinthians 7:10 – For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. (ESV)

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