Insight from Luke 15

Luke 15 is not three parables, but a single parable with three illustrations or stories. We become so focused on the STORIES we miss the CONTEXT. Jesus was responding to Pharisees who were complaining that Jesus was hanging out with sinners. While there are many great messages to be drawn from the stories, the main idea was to answer why Jesus was hanging out with the people He was hanging out with.Jesus was reaching those who wandered off and were lost, those who were lost for some unknown reason, and the deliberately disobedient. 

 The prodigal’s older brother actually represented the Pharisees, who resented that Jesus would receive sinners. The Pharisees were concerned about themselves, but Jesus was concerned about the lost.
As a church, what are we concerned about?

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About Pastor Jim Dixon

Jim Dixon is a husband, father, grandfather, pastor, missionary and with his wife, Marsha, an author. Jim and Marsha are founders of God's Blueprint for Marriage, a ministry based on the experiences they had during reconciliation and restoration of their tumultuous marriage that would have ended in divorce, had it not been for God's intervention. Their marriage workshop called, not surprisingly, "God's Blueprint for Marriage" shares details of their failing marriage and, more importantly, the lessons they learned during the restoration process. Their book, "God's Blueprint for Marriage", is available through their web site, www.godsblueprint.info Jim is Missions and Small Groups Pastor at their church, Word of Life Fellowship. He and Marsha have a strong ministry presence in Peru, where he is a leader in the Evangelical Church of Christ of Peru, a Peruvian denomination. And Marsha is founder of Mujeres de Valor (Women of Worth), a ministry helping women in Peru find their place in service to God. They also work with Victory Bible College-Peru and Victory Fellowship of Ministries, organizations dedicated to training and supporting pastors and church leaders in that nation. Their two sons, Michael and Jeffrey, are also in ministry, Jeffrey full time as Youth Pastor of their church. Additionally they have a number of "adopted" sons and daughters, many of whom are in ministry as well. Jim is a professional storm chaser. You can hear him during severe weather in NW Arkansas on 40/29.
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