Jesus used parables not only to teach the crowds and the disciples, but also as a response to questions raised by the local religious authorities; “the pastors.” They complained that Jesus didn’t fit in with rabbi protocol. He hung out with the wrong crowd and was way too accepting of sinners. In answer Jesus tells three stories of God’s lavish embrace and celebration of sinners who return to Him.
This is the most beloved story of the Bible because it is so relevant today. We will not only hear the story but view a modern-day version during worship. Come prepared for a blessing as we are embraced by a loving, celebrating God. See you Sunday!
To prepare, read Luke 15:1-32.
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