Prodigals VI: Loving Prodigals

How do we love a prodigal? What is the right response to their sinful rejection of Jesus, His Word, and His people? This is something that prodigals have an opinion on: to the prodigal, love means uncritically accepting them, their choices, and their lifestyle. If you respond any other way, they will accuse you of not loving them. In the prodigal’s mind, when they reject the faith, you have a choice to make: either you will discipline them, or you will love them. So which will you choose, discipline or love?If you’ve felt impaled on the horns of this dilemma,…

Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by CJ Bowen

Prodigals V: Praying for Prodigals

The Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians in part to exhort them to deal with prodigals in their midst, and at the end of his letter, he concludes by saying: “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith.” He’s given them commands, but he can’t make them obey. He’s given them good reasons, but he can’t make them believe. He’s told them what it means to follow Jesus; it’s up to them to do what is right. He’s reached the end of what exhortation can do. Many of you find yourselves here at this point with your prodigals. You’ve…

Posted on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 by CJ Bowen

Prodigals IV: Becoming a Prodigal

For all the efforts of the world, the flesh, and the devil, it’s only when you respond to sin sinfully that you become a prodigal. People and temptations and circumstances around you cannot make you a prodigal without your help! You do not sin just because you’re given the option, or even because you don’t think you have any other options. You sin because you want to sin, because you are a sinner down to your core. A prodigal becomes a prodigal by choosing to sin.Sin outside you is not enough to make you a prodigal. Our Lord Jesus was…

Posted on Thursday, October 05, 2017 by CJ Bowen