Voices-Parable of the Prodigal

Luke 15:11-32

Prodigal Means _____________________________________________________.

The Younger Brother: Prodigal Living

– Wants __________________ but becomes ____________________________.

The Father: Prodigal Love

– Bears the ______________________________________ and yet ________________________________________  his son.

The Older Brother: Prodigal Motives

– Treasures the _____________________ over ___________________________.

Our Older Brother: Prodigal Sacrifice

– Jesus _______________________ us even though our ________________________ cost Him _____________________________________.

Embrace a spirit of Worship

Habakkuk’s Prayer:

* He ____________________ God’s __________________.

Habakkuk 3:2-16

* He ____________________ his ____________________.

Habakkuk 3:17

* He _________________on God’s ____________________.

Habakkuk 3:18-19a

* He ____________________ in _____________________.

Habakkuk 3:19

Habakkuk 3:1 Shigionoth: a poem or song of strong emotion, somewhat erratic in rhythm, wild in character and irregular in form.

KEY IDEA:  _______________________________________________; focus on the ___________________________________________________________________________ rather than the _________________________________________________________.

Embrace Finality

Habakkuk’s First Question:

Is God really going to _____________________________________?

God’s response:  Habakkuk 2:2-3

Three things about God’s judgments…

1)  God’s judgments are __________________ and ___________________.

2)  God often waits to give people an opportunity to _______________________

and  _____________________________________________.

1 Peter 2:8-9

Exodus 24:6-7

3)  Don’t mistake God’s ________________________________________

for ______________________________________________.

Habakkuk’s Second Question:  How could God do that, since other people are _____________________________________________________?

God’s response:  Habakkuk 2:4-20

Habakkuk 2:4

The Hebrew word in this verse that we translate ’faith’ is emunah.  

emunah refers to  _______________________, not _________________.

The righteous one, because of his/her faithfulness, will live on.

Key Idea:  Be willing to ____________________________________…

but   ____________________________________________.

Embrace Confusion

Habakkuk 1:2-4

Habakkuk means “EMBRACE.”

Be willing to EMBRACE GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY… and learn to TRUST IN HIM.

Habakkuk 1:5

“wonder and be astounded” is literally: BE ______________, ______________!

Habakkuk 1:12-13

Four approaches Habakkuk (unsuccessfully) uses:

1 _________________ gets us nowhere with God because _______________ ________________________________________________.

2 _________________ gets us nowhere with God because _______________ ________________________________________________.

3 _________________ gets us nowhere with God because _______________ ________________________________________________.

Isaiah 55:8-9

Habakkuk 1:14-17

4 _________________ gets us nowhere with God because _______________ ________________________________________________.

Key Idea:  Be willing to ____________________________________…

and  be __________________________________________.

Proverbs 3:5

“There are times in your spiritual life when there is confusion… God [is] taking you through a way that you temporarily do not understand. And it is only by going through the spiritual confusion that you will come to the understanding of what God wants for you.” 

~Oswald Chambers from My Utmost for His Highest

Embrace God’s Sovereignty

Habakkuk 1:1-5

 Four things from Habakkuk’s complaint that we need to recognize:

– God is not ____________________________; we are _____________.

– God always _____________, even when He does not __________________.

– God is __________________________for the evil around us.

God is sovereign over both good and evil; everything is under His control.

(sovereign means having supreme power and authority)

God is responsible for everything good.

God is not responsible for anything evil.

– God is ___________________________,

even when______________________________________ .



Habakkuk means ________________.

Habakkuk 3:17-19  

“Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines… yet I will rejoice in the  Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.  God, the Lord, is my strength…”

Be willing to ______________________________________…

and learn to ____________________________________.

Isaiah 55:8-11  

That was Then, This is Now: Many Hats

1 Corinthians 9:16-22

16For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! 17For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward, but if not of my own will, I am still entrusted with a stewardship. 18What then is my reward? That in my preaching I may present the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel.  19For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. 20To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. 21To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. 22To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.

1 Corinthians 11:1 Paul writes: Be imitators of me, as I am [an imitator] of Christ.

First question: _________________________________________________?

Second question: ________________________________________________?

If this [eternal punishment] is a minor part of your thought world, if you don’t think about this very much, then it will be hard for you to feel the sense of sorrow and urgency that Paul felt for lost people around him.”                  ~ John Piper

That Was Then – This Is Now: Sacrifice

YOUR STORY is one of the MOST POWERFUL TOOLS YOU HAVE  in persuading others to follow Jesus. 

There is supposed to be a difference between WHO YOU ONCE WERE and WHO YOU ARE NOW.

 The key to living the life God wants for us is ___________________________.

Romans 12:1

I appeal to you… by the mercies of God


to present your bodies as a living sacrifice

A sacrifice is giving up _________________________________ for the sake of


No sacrifice (regardless of it’s value or worth) is ______________________________.

If it’s not ________________________________________________ then it’s ________________________________________.


holy and acceptable to God


which is your spiritual worship

Sacrifice is actually supposed to be __________________________________.

Mark 8:34-35

Luke 6:38 “give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

That Was Then This Is Now: My Story, My Song

There is supposed to be a difference between


Ephesians 5:8  “for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.  Walk as children of the light…”

Acts 21:39 – 22:21

Acts 26:9-29

 Notice the “pattern” when Paul tells his story:

That Was Then

I Encountered Jesus

This Is Now

 _______________________ is one of the __________________________

_________________________________ in persuading others to follow Jesus. 

 Time for sharing your story of becoming a follower of Jesus…

 Psalm 35:28 ISV “My tongue will declare your righteousness and praise you all day long.”

That was Then, This is Now: My Surrender

Ephesians 5:8
for AT ONE TIME you were darkness, BUT NOW you are light in the Lord.  WALK as children of the light…

pote (pot-eh) means formerly, once in the past, or at one time.

de nyn (deh noon) means on the other hand, presently however, or but now.

Ephesians 2:1-3
Ephesians 2:4-10
Ephesians 2:12-13, 19
Ephesians 1:3-14
Romans 11:30
1 Peter 2:10

There is supposed to be a difference between
___________________________ and ____________________________.
peripateo (per-ee-pat-eh’-o) means to walk, to live, or to conduct your life.
This word is an ____________________.
This word is a _____________________.
It’s something we must do __________________________.
It’s something we must do __________________________.

Ephesians 4:22-24

Inside Out: Anger

Anger: a strong feeling of being upset or annoyed because of something wrong or bad.

“Anger is like an acid.  It damages anything it touches…often even its container.”  ~unknown

Psalm 37:8 NIV “Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret it leads only to evil.”

Ephesians 4:26-32

 “Anger is appropriate when our energy is roused in defense of something good and released against something evil.”  ~Tim Keller

Big Idea: 





S __________________________

E __________________________

Am I angry for the right reasons?

Am I angry against the right person(s)?

Am I angry in the right manner?

Am I angry at the right moment?

Am I angry for the right length of time?

If all these things are true, can I act without committing sin?