The theme this past year at The Mission was AMOR. We preached on this theme for six weeks straight to start the year, reading and meditating on Luke 15’s story of the prodigal son. We never did anything like that before. Normally, we move on each week to different passages within a topical sermon series. However, I enjoyed this style of teaching and learning. What did you learn or take away from this year’s focus? Let us review. First, we learned about God’s Integrity of Love: How the Father loved both brothers. He did not compare them, but loved them the same amount in different ways. The father was gentle and loving toward them both. His love was impartial, demonstrating the integrity of not only his love, but of his personhood.
Second, we looked at God’s Pursuit of each of one of us. God’s love is tenacious, relentless, determined and resolute. He loves us more than we’ll ever know. He desires to have an intimate and sincere relationship with us all. Third, we each need to be reminded that we are God’s Favorite. Though His love is deep and wide and reaches all, God has the capacity, interest and wherewithal to make each of us feel and know that we are special. Finally, in this beautiful story we have a parable of God’s character and love for the world. May your hearts be filled with this same love today.
Happy New Year,