The Parable of the Prodigal Son
OBJECTIVE: To discuss the parable of the Prodigal Son and its
application to us today – forgive like God forgives.
Feasting on the Word:
Acts 3:19 and Luke 13:3
What did the younger son do that was wrong? When did he realize that
living in sin was disgusting?
What did he decide to do about his situation? Did he deserve to be
forgiven? Did the father forgive him anyway?
What did the father do that proved his forgiveness?
Why was it hard for the older son to forgive his brother?
In this parable, whom does the sinful son represent? Whom does the
father represent? Whom does the older brother represent? What do you
think this parable means to us today?
When we realize we are living in sin, we must repent. What does repent
mean? Discuss Acts 3:19 and Luke 13:3.
When someone sins against us, we must forgive them. Why? Discuss
Is there some sin in your own life of which you need to repent? You can
never get so far away from God that you can’t “come home.” Say a
prayer asking God to forgive you of your sins. Picture God, like the
father in this story, running to meet you and throwing his arms around
you in a great big hug. That’s how God forgives!