Starting Points


"And He said, 'A man had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, "Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me." So he divided his wealth between them. And not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together and went on a journey into a distant country, and there he squandered his estate with loose living...'" (Luke 15:11-13)

STARTING POINTS CAN BE CHARACTERIZED BY:

  1. The power to RELEASE.
    "Now when he had spent everything, a severe famine occurred in that country, and he began to be impoverished. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would have gladly filled his stomach with the pods that the swine were eating, and no one was giving anything to him..." (Luke 15:14-16)

  2. The humility to RETURN.
    "But when he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger! I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men."' So he got up and came to his father..." (Luke 15:17-20)

  3. The courage to FORGIVE.
    "...And he said to him, 'Son, you have always been with me, and all that is mine is yours. But we had to celebrate and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and has begun to live, and was lost and has been found.'" (Luke 15:31-32)

    "Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers? But instead, one brother goes to law against another-and this in front of unbelievers! ...Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated?" (1 Cor. 6:5-7)

    "Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed." (James 5:16)