Message: “The Two Lost Sons & the Compassionate Father” from Ethan Seifried

Ethan Seifried - July 19, 2021

The Two Lost Sons & the Compassionate Father

The Moral of the Story

From Series: "The Moral of the Story"

Jesus’ parables are some of the most influential and well known stories in the world. Even if people don’t know the whole parables, their impact on our common vocabulary is undeniable. Think of expressions like “prodigal” or “good Samaritan.” The reason for this lasting impact is that stories are inherently interesting. Lectures are ok, if they hold your attention. Conversations are meaningful, if they’re with the right person. But stories, stories grip us, they move us, and the most powerful of them change us forever. Besides personal experience, stories are the easiest and most effective way of learning. It’s no wonder then that Jesus used parables to describe the character of God and explain the kingdom of God so frequently; they make up 35% of his teaching. He uses parables not just to convey concepts and truths, but to change the world. To transform not just our thinking but our actions also. Many of the parables end with the statement “Let the person who has ears to hear hear,” which is a call to act on the intent of the parable, not just learn abstract truths. And so, my hope for us throughout this series is to let the parables do what Jesus intended for them to do: to make you uncomfortable, to teach you--but not in the sense of superficial ideas, to help you see differently than you ever have, to accept and embody the powerful reversals of God’s character, and to enact God’s kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven.

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