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Pastor Tim Swigarts Blog

Missio Dei is a Contemporary Baptist Church located in historic Galena IL. Senior Pastor Tim Swigart shares his thoughts on numerous topics concerning the church.

The Lost Son

Timothy Swigart

In Luke 15, Jesus tells the parable of the prodigal son. I'm sure most people reading this are familiar with this parable. We'll be discussing it during our small group meeting tomorrow night. If you're interested in coming, we'd love to host you!

As a bit of a primer, I'd like you to consider the heart of the father in the parable. In asking for his inheritance early, the prodigal son was essentially saying he wished his father was dead. How did the father respond to this disrespectful request? Why do you think he would respond in this way? Then, upon receiving his inheritance early, the prodigal son left home, moved to a foreign land and squandered his inheritance recklessly. Can you imagine how this would make the father feel? Over time, the son spent everything and ended up destitute. He came to his senses and returned home to his father. How would the father receive him? Would he be turned away? The father certainly had every right to disown his reckless son.

But, the father didn't turn his son away. Instead, the father restored him to his position as son and rejoiced over his return. The father in the parable represents God the Father. What does this parable teach us about God's love for his wayward children? Why should this matter to us?

We'll be tackling all these questions and so much more tomorrow night at 7pm at my house. Contact me through this website for directions. We'd love to see you there!