The way you think determines the way you feel, and the way you feel determines the way you act. If you want to change something in your life, you don’t start with your actions or feelings, you start with your thoughts. If you can change the way you think, you can change the way you feel. Then if you change the way you feel, you will change the way you act.

This week’s message focused on spiritual rebirth and health from one of the most famous stories in the Bible, the prodigal son. It is a story about how to REturn to God when you have drifted away and how to get close to God the Father if you have been distant. It’s sometimes called the story of the loving father because it’s really more about the extravagant love of the father than the son.

REturn

Message by Todd Lester – September 13, 2015

RETURN TO SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION

Romans 12:2 (NIV) Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

Luke 15:11-24

1. GET FED UP WITH MY LIFE

Luke 15:13,14,17 He wasted all his money in wild living … his money ran out … he began to starve … he finally came to his senses.

Jeremiah 29:13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.

2. OWN UP TO MY SIN

Luke 15:17-18 When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you.”‘

Isaiah 59:2 It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, He has turned away and will not listen anymore.

Isaiah 1:18 Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.

2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves.

1 Corinthians 11:28 You should examine yourself before eating the bread and drinking the cup.

3. OFFER UP MYSELF

Luke 15:12 “I want my share of your estate now before you die.”

Luke 15:19 “Please take me on as a hired servant.”

2 Corinthians 3:18 (ESV) And we all are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.

Romans 12:1 (NIV) In view of God’s mercy … offer your bodies as a living sacrifice.

Luke 15:20, 22 So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him…his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet.’

4. LIFT UP MY PRAISE

Luke 15:23-24 “We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.” So the party began.

Psalm 68:4 (ESV) Sing to God, sing praises to His name; lift up a song to Him … His name is the Lord.

Psalm 13:6 I will sing to the Lord because He is good to me.

For Sermon discussion resources click here:    Sept 13 Sermon Resources

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