Sermon Notes October 29, 23

Christianity’s Most Scandalous Idea

“It’s Crazy” 

1. Grace is getting what we ________________, and not getting what we do. 

2. The Buddhist eight-fold path, the Hindu doctrine of Karma, the Jewish covenant, the Muslim code of law—they are all ways to try and ____________________________. 

Ephesians 2:8-9  For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. 

3. Provocative question: How can a ________God do this?  How can a God that is ___________________ be a part of   anything so crazy as Grace? 

See Luke 15:11-19 

4. What is translated “wild living” (Luke 15:13) is the Greek word “asotos.” It means ______________. Someone who is living such a way that he is destroying himself. 

Luke 15:20-24  So he got up and went to his father.“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.