November 1, 2020


November 1, 2020

Message Big Idea: When we admit we are powerless to fulfill our longings on our own, we’ll discover there’s help and that help has a name. His name is Jesus.

Scripture: Luke 15:11-24

Takeaway: Admitting that we cannot do it on our own, we surrender to the One who wants more for us than we could ever imagine. 

Introduction: Have you ever been in a situation where you needed help? Something you couldn’t resolve on your own? 

Luke 15:17-19 When the prodigal son “came to his senses” he decided to turn his life around.

Last week we talked about the Biblical word for this: “repentance. 

is the realization that the direction we are headed in is taking us far away from God and all the good he wants for us.

Word: Luke 15:20

Jesus tells us that as the son walked the journey home: “…while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” (Luke 15:20) 

Who is waiting for us to return?

The people of that town would have intercepted him at the town gates and preformed a ceremony called the

When we come to the point where we admit we’ve blown it and recognize “I need help,” this is how God responds to us, too. This is the God we’ll find. The God who runs to meet us with open arms of acceptance, kisses of love, and tears of joy.

Help has a Name:

The whole reason Jesus told the Story of the Prodigal Son was to help us find our way back to God, and the reason he knows so much about finding God is because he is God. 

He’s not some remote God who is “out there” and doesn’t really care about what’s going on in our lives, but a God who is

C.S. Lewis once said, “The only way Hamlet could discover anything about Shakespeare would be if Shakespeare wrote himself into the play.” 

If we want to know what kind of God is waiting for us when we come back to him, we find him in the person of Jesus

In him we find:

A God who is promising to never leave us on our own.

A God who is refusing to condemn us even when it’s deserved.

A God who is bending down to care for our needs.

A God who is sacrificing himself when we were helpless to save ourselves.

There is a God who is scanning the horizon, watching for you, who took the shame and humiliation of our sin on himself on the cross, who longs for us to return. 



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