02.03.2019 | “Prodigal | Week 1: Trouble at the Table”

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Breaking Ground

What were dinners like in your house growing up? Did you have guests or visitors? If so, how frequently?


The Dig

Read Luke 15:1-10

Do you think it’s possible to be an expert on the Bible (like the “legal experts” and Pharisees) and still miss the point? How does something like this happen?

In what ways does the church (in general) get this wrong even today?

What are some ways that the church could do a better job of not losing sight of God’s heart for people?

Jesus—and according to these parables, God as well—seems to be able to somehow simultaneously accept people right where they are at and also invite them to grow and change, heal and transform.

Why is it so difficult for us to do this?

As Eric mentioned on Sunday, there are interesting points of comparison, contrast, and progression in the first two parts of this parable. See if you can remember what they were:

Who’s Lost?
Who Finds? What are the details?
What’s the end result?

In particular, what is the picture of “repentance” or “changing your heart” that these stories portray?

In your own words, what would you say these stories say about God, about you as a human being, and about God’s relationship to you and humanity?


Getting Out of the Hole

1. If you’re lost, let yourself be found. Stop running, and let the Father pick you up and bring you home. Maybe you just need to tell someone, “I’m done running.”

2. If you are a “church person”, who are you excluding from Kingdom? Are your arms open as wide as Jesus’? Is there a person—or a group of people—that you have trouble accepting on Sunday? Maybe you need to admit that, ask for forgiveness, and ask God to give you the heart of Jesus for everyone.


Additional Resources

Abba’s Child and The Furious Longing of God by Brennan Manning


What’s Going On This Week (see MYE3 for more details)

TONIGHT: Chili Cookoff 6PM (NOTE: If you’re looking for an EASY opportunity to introduce someone to E3, this is a perfect event for you!)

SATURDAY: Service Opportunity: Fire Escape Construction. Onsite at E3.

If you or someone you know is in need, our Food Pantry is also open this Saturday.

* Please see mye3.org for details.