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Caring for Young People in a Technology Obsessed World, Part 5
1. Repent from runningLuke 15:11–20a (ESV) 11 And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. 13 Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. 14 And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. 16 And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything.
17 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.” ’ 20 And he arose and came to his father . . .
2. Receive from a gracious FatherLuke 15:20–24 (ESV) 20 . . . But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22 But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. 23 And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.
3. Repent from resentmentLuke 15:25–32 (ESV) 25 “Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27 And 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.’ 28 But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, 29 but 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. 30 But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’ 31 And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32 It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’ ”
Questions for discussion or personal study
1. What are the similarities between this parable and the two immediately preceding it in Luke 15? What is the significance of these similarities?
2. How would you describe the primary point of this parable? What relevance does the overall point have to the subject of caring for young people in a technology-obsessed world?
3. How you describe the view of repentance shown in this parable?
4. How does Jesus demonstrate through the parable that God does not simply ignore sin?
5. Do you think the primary target for this parable is people who live a wild life or people who live a self-righteous life? Why?
6. How would you describe self-righteousness?
7. How do you think a self-righteous attitude in churches affects teenagers in general in our society? How can we be sure that we are not personally contributing to this problem?
8. Which son is further away from his father, the younger or the older?
9. What do you think it means for us to preach the gospel to ourselves? Why might this be important?