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Amazing Grace

Grace
All of us also lived among them at one
time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh [a]
and following its desires and thoughts. Like
the rest, we were by nature deserving of
wrath. 4But because of his great love for us,
God, who is rich in mercy, 5made us alive
with Christ even when we were dead in
transgressionsit is by grace you have
been saved.
Ephesians 2:3-5
3

Grace
For it is by grace you have been saved,
through faithand this is not from
yourselves, it is the gift of God 9not
by works, so that no one can boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9

The Prodigal Son


BACKGROUND (LUKE 15)
1. The story begins when Pharisees saw
Jesus dining with Tax Collectors and
sinners.
2. The parable of the Lost Son is told in an
effort by Jesus to explain why He is dining
with the tax collectors.
3. The parable of the Lost Son was told after
two other parables and served as the
finale.

The Two Other Parables


The Story of the Lost Sheep
God is willing to leave the ninety-nine
in order to seek the one that is lost. After
the lost sheep was found, the shepherd
called his friends to celebrate.
The Story of the Lost Coin
God is willing to search for the one that
is missing, and then celebrate when it is
found.

The Prodigal Son


These Lost parables have interesting facts:
1. The number in relation to the one that is
lost seems to be getting smaller as the
story progresses.
2. The Lost Sheep was lost outside of the
influence of the Shepherd, while lost coin
was lost inside the coin-owners house.
3. It shows that the way God deals with the
lost is different with how we deal with
them. (it is almost illogical)

The Prodigal Son


The younger sons request to get his inheritance
shows that:
1. He shows no respect of his father. It is
tantamount to a son saying, Hey, I cant wait for
you to be dead, so give me my inheritance
already. (Translate: I dont care that you gave
me your son to save me, from now on I am free
to do things on my own.)
2. He is arrogant and has a false sense of
entitlement and self-worth. (I deserve to be
happy and to enjoy the pleasures of this world.)

The Prodigal Son


The world promises us lot of things and
win us with lies. It promises us wrong
evaluation of our self-worth under the
guise of fairness. It is this very reason
that we became jealous and insecure.
Our enemys best lie is the same lie he
told Eve during the fall.

The Enemys Oldest Lie

You deserve better than


what God has given/is
giving you.

The Prodigal Son


This is the same reason the prodigal
son left. He think he deserve better
that what his father is giving him. He
chose to leave his fathers influence
and his commandments in order to
have what he thinks he deserve.
And truly he got what he deserved.

The Prodigal Son


He enjoyed his new found freedom
and fell to sweet lies of the world. He
wasted his fathers money in reckless
extravagance, until he lost everything.
The freedom he thought he deserved
and embraced, enslaved him.

The Prodigal Son


After losing everything, he became so
impoverished that he wanted to eat the
feed given to pigs.
Until he returned to his senses, and
decided to return to his father.
He practiced his speech, then returned to
his father. His father accepted him.

The Prodigal Son

We will try to escape


from God, but we will
always see ourselves
running back to Him.

The Older Son


Not everyone is happy with the younger
sons return.
The older son also has a problem with his
self-worth, and decided that the younger son
does not deserve the grace given unto him.
He thinks he deserve more because he has
laboured for his father and served him well.

The Older Son


How many time have we questioned Gods
grace? How many times have we thought
that God is being unfair with His dealings?
How many time have we asked God why he
blessed other people more, while us who
worked hard for God, always seem to get
hardships?
This is a manifestation of our inflated selfworth.

The Older Son


How many time have we tried to work hard to fix
ourselves? How many times have we tried to
please God by our service and ministries?
How many times have we told God that we have
changed, and afterwards hide from his presence
because we failed to reach Gods standards.
This is a manifestation of our inflated self-worth.

The Older Son

God does not need a


changed you or an
improved you.
He just wants you.

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