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Jan 05, 2020

Coming Home

Coming Home

Passage: Luke 15:11-32

Speaker: Pastor Greg Olson

Series: 20/20 Vision

Category: Grace, Sin

Keywords: vision, sin, grace, happiness, control, 20/20, dietrich bonhoeffer

Sermon Notes

God’s 20/20 Vision: To do Life with Us! But Sin Separates Us.

  • One way is like the younger son: I’ll choose the way of self-discovery and I’ll decide what’s right for me.  I will live as I please and find happiness that way. I’ll call the shots.  I’ll be in control. I’ll live for me, myself and I! (self-centeredness and self-indulgence)
  • The other way is like the elder brother:  People like my brother are the problem with this world.  We good and moral people are the solution.  We have the truth and all those others are wrong.  It’s my way or the highway. (pride and self-righteousness)
  • Conclusion—Sin, either way, separates us from God and others, and results in mistrust, hurt, pain and brokenness.

 

God’s Solution:  Grace

  • The Father’s overflowing, undeserved love.
  • Grace is unfair (because it is undeserved)—it always is unfair when compared to another.  But when it is you who is receiving it, it is a gift.
  • Grace has a cost.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer in his book, The Cost of Discipleship says that we cheapen grace when we receive it, accept it and don’t change.

God’s 20/20 vision

God desires to be our God.  Our sin separates us.  God demonstrates his grace through Jesus so that like the father, we are welcomed home.  It changes us from the inside out.  We become followers of Christ.  Not perfect, but living a life with Christ as Lord and Savior. God opens the door and welcomes us home.