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What is God really like?
And does God really like me?
“Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.”
Jesus [John 14:9]
The _______________ of Jesus brings into crystal clear focus the
_______________ of God.
Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
Then Jesus told them this parable:
Story #1: The Lost _______________ [Luke 15:4-7]
Story #2: The Lost _______________ [Luke 15:8-10]
Story #3: The Lost _______________ [Luke 15:11-32]
- Something ____________________ was lost.
- A careful ____________________ was made.
- A big ____________________ was thrown.
The Father’s heart is to welcome ____________________ home.
- The Father will never _______________ His _______________ on you.
- The Father cares more about your ____________________ than His _______________.
- The Father sacrifices ____________________ for the sake of ____________________.
- The Father’s _______________ is _______________.
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!
1 John 3:1
This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
1 John 4:9-10
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.