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Come to the Father

Unpacking the Parables  •  Sermon  •  Submitted
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The Father is seeking for his children to come to Him.

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Introduction

Story of getting pulled over on vacation for following to closely to someone
Apologized to officer
Have you ever apologized for something and it was really awkward?

Transition

Can be awkard for various reasons
Saying we are sorry can sometimes be easy or other times be difficult
Depends on offense
Depends on who we are apologizing to (level of authority)
Sibling, Friend, Parent, Boss, Judge
Friend
Parent
Because God is the highest level of authority we can be very hesitant to apologize to him.
Boss
We think he will react in similar ways as people we have apologized to
Judge
We think he won’t accept us, he will hate us, he will punish us, etc.

Exposition

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Application

You can come to the Father, just as you are.
The son was at his lowest moment. Couldn’t get any lower.
Do you feel like this is your lowest moment? Like nothing could get any worse or perhaps you are headed in that direction?
One of the most common statements I hear from people who are reluctant to come to God is that I need to clean myself up first.
Have you gone too far? No matter where you are, it’s not too late to turn to God
God can use our circumstances to bring us to him.
We can “come to our senses.”
Positive situations- blessings, healings, etc.
Bad situations- funerals, hospitalizations, financial burdens, etc.
The son was convicted of his sin
The son repented and went to the Father
It’s not too late to come to God
Illustration: Story of transgender- http://www.bpnews.net/49333/from-transgender-to-transformed
You should rejoice when others come to the Father.
The Father was thrilled for the return of his son
The Father was thrilled for the return of his son
The religious leaders were being judgmental about the “sinners”
Church members can be some of the most judgmental people
Church members can be some of the most judgmental people
When others come in to our services we pass judgmental glances and thoughts based on what they look like or what we think of their actions.
We forget that we are all sinners. We forget what Christ has saved us from.
You should pray and seek for others to come to the Father.
Church members can be some of the most judgmental people
When others come in to our services we pass judgmental glances and thoughts based on what they look like or what we think of their actions.
We should be like the Father and be looking and praying for people to come to Him
You should pray and seek for others to come to the Father.
Who are you praying for? Who are you “seeking?”

Decision

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