This sermon was based on Luke 15:25-32.
The Parable of the Prodigal Son
…25″Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound.’ 28But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, 29but he answered his father, ‘Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. 30But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’ 31And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.'”
THE BAR IS TOO LOW
- There is an issue in the Corinthian church with a man who is having an affair with his dad’s wife. This is not good.
- The Corinthians didn’t take it seriously.
- In order to have a true perspective on the importance of issues like this we need to recover a sense of both the horror of sin and the beauty of holiness.
- The solution was for the church to make a judgment on the man.
- He needed to be removed for the church for a time – this would be both for the salvation of his own soul (he did eventually repent and come back) and also for the sake of the church (sin spreads like leaven in a loaf).
THE BAR IS TOO HIGH
- Paul had tried to raise the issue with the Corinthians before but they had misunderstood.
- Instead of dealing with the issue within their community, they instead put up barriers with people outside.
- A lot of people feel that Christians can be judgmental – it is not our place to judge those outside the church. We should build relationships and show compassion as Jesus did.