A Call To Repentance From The Prodigal Son
During the week of June 24, 2020, Rocky Creek students will be learning from some great speakers through our South Carolina Baptist Convention. In spite of Covid19, our South Carolina Baptist Convention, namely SummerSalt, put together some video messages and worship songs for the youth groups that were originally coming to camp this summer. These resources will challenge us and encourage us during our time together this week.
Taylor Burgess, pastor of Cross Community Church in Beaufort, S.C. kicks off our minicamp with his message about the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32). Burgess shares about how the prodigal son leaves home, throws everything away, and yet the father is there with open arms to welcome him back.
“Following Jesus Christ is the only true story where the introduction is death and the conclusion is life. This is the only true story where that’s the reality. In every other story death is the conclusion” (Burgess)
The story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) is a popular story that details the falling away and sin of the son, the apathy and angry response of the brother, and the overwhelming love of the father. The son did make some terrible mistakes and sinned. After leaving home on a journey, he took all that he had and squandered it.
“Sin always over-promises and under-delivers” (Burgess)
Burgess reminds listeners that the story of the Prodigal Son has multiple characters. For example, Luke details the story of the son who left from home, sinned, and lived recklessly. The other character is the brother who stayed at home and “did what was right” but ended up in the wrong. Lastly, and most importantly, it tells of the father, who longed for his son to return home and welcome him back with forgiveness.
Essentially, as Burgess reminds us, “The first son rejected his father with rebellion, and the second son rejected his father with religion.” It was the father’s grace that allowed the son to be able to come home and be forgiven. We are all like the prodigal son; we have sinned and have fallen away from God. However, we are saved by His grace. Thank God for His salvation through Christ and for His love for us.