God of Second Chances

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God of Second Chances
Text: Luke 15:{{{verse}}}
Occasion: General
Audience: Adults
Theological Tradition: Wesleyan
Topic: Love
Author: Darren Bartholomew


The one thing that will make a difference in all you do is to treat everyone like the loving father did.

How to Get There

  • Everyone will spend their lives preoccupied with something, what will you be preoccupied with?
  • The older brother was preoccupied with himself.
  • The loving father was preoccupied with who is missing.
  • Loving fathers operate from the context of forgiveness, while older brothers operate from shame.
  • Imagine if the older brother had gotten to the younger brother before the father? What would have happened?
  • There is one thing that will make a different in everything we do.
    • We need to treat everyone like the loving father treated people.
    • Do ministry and love others from the perspective of a loving father.
  • We need to choose now how we will respond to these situations, like the older brother or the loving father.

Things to Watch For

There is a Carlos Whitaker song that is of the same title as the sermon that fits in quite well. There is also a Veggietales song that goes along with it too depending on your audience.

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