God Loves You Even When You Don't Love Him | Prodigal Son

The Story of the Prodigal Father: The Greatest Short Story ever told | Dr. David Jeremiah | Southern California Seminary
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What the Bible teaches about God's prodigal love and forgiveness regardless of our past based on Jesus' best-known story "The Prodigal Son."
How to refocus on God in times of uncertainty and crisis.
How to become a believer and grow spiritually.

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  • This course is open to all students. There are no course requirements or prerequisites. It is meant to be shared freely.

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God Loves You Even When You Don't Love Him | The Prodigal Son | How to refocus on God in times of uncertainty and crisis

In this course Dr. David Jeremiah shares his heart and explores how God loves us even when we do not love Him. As Charles Dickens said, this is the greatest short story every written! In 22 short verses, we can see ourselves and the ins and outs of our life with God pretty clearly through the characters in particular. While this story is usually referred to as The Parable of the Prodigal Son, I want to suggest that it’s the FATHER who is the main character—not the sons! The FATHER is mentioned at least 12 times in the span of these 22 verses. While entire books have been written on the two sons, the FATHER—the central figure in this story—is often overlooked!

  • It is the father who loves his prodigal son even when his son does not love him

  • It is the father who shows the deepest emotion as he waits by that lonely road, awaiting his son’s return

  • It is the father who initiates the process of forgiveness

  • It is the father who leaps to his feet and runs to greet a starving, road-weary son who’s done nothing but insult him

  • It is the father who never stops loving his older son, pleading with him to experience the joy of his brother’s restored life

This parable is about a human father and his sons, but it tells an even greater story about our Heavenly Father’s love for all lost sons & daughters wherever they may be found… Let me give you some background; then, we’ll get into the story for today:

The word prodigal only appears once in certain versions of the Bible. We’re told the younger son ‘wasted his possessions with prodigal living’ (Luke 15:13, NKJV). From this, we may come to think prodigal means rebellion or rebellious living. But, the word doesn’t mean ‘rebellious’ or ‘wayward’ at all. It actually means ‘recklessly spendthrift’—to spend until you have nothing left.

Surprisingly, that word can also be used to describe the FATHER in this story. He not only gives his departing son everything he asked for, but showers him with gifts when he returns! And to the older son he says (Luke 15:31), “…all that I have is yours.” The father’s treatment of his two sons is seriously ‘reckless.’ He holds back nothing, but pours out everything he has on his two sons. The difference between the father and the son who left, of course, is this: The son’s being prodigal is wayward and self-centered. The father’s being prodigal … is loving and selfless—quite different indeed

So, what does this story tell us, among other things? GOD LOVES EVERYONE. This story follows the stories of a lost sheep  and a lost coin. In all we can see that GOD LOVES EVERYONE—even those who don’t love Him and so should we!

Section 1 – God Loves You Even When You Don't Love Him - The Parable of the Prodigal Son and Father”

  1. God Loves You when You’re Wounding His Heart

  2. God Loves You when You’re Walking away from Him

  3. God Loves You when You’re Wasting Your Life

  4. God Loves You when You’re Wallowing in Sin

  5. God Loves You when You’re Working to Come Back

  6. God Loves You when You’re Wrapped in His Arms of Forgiveness

  7. God Loves You when You’re Welcomed Back Home

  8. God Loves You when You Won’t Love Him

  9. A Portrait of God’s Love - A Modern Dramatization of the Parable of the Prodigal Son

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Dr. David Jeremiah, Chancellor of Southern California Seminary, is among the most well-known Bible teachers in the world. He serves as senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church. His popular radio and television Bible-teaching program, Turning Point, is broadcast internationally on more than 2,200 stations. A New York Times best-selling author and Gold Medallion winner, he has written more than 50 books, including God Loves You--He Always Has, He Always Will.

Who this course is for:

  • This course is designed for those who are interested in what Christians believe and what the Bible teaches about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, faith, hope, salvation, suffering, uncertainty, and the Christian life that pursues love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). We were designed for so much more! The next step is yours.
  • This course is designed for personal or group study.

Course content

2 sections • 13 lectures • 1h 0m total length
  • Introduction to the Story of the Prodigal Son
    01:28
  • I. God Loves You when You're Wounding His Heart
    07:03
  • II. God Loves You when You're Walking away from Him
    02:20
  • III. God Loves You when You're Wasting Your Life
    02:19
  • IV. God Loves You when You're Wallowing in Sin
    04:20
  • V. God Loves You when You’re Working to Come Back
    04:40
  • VI. God Loves You when You’re Wrapped in His Arms of Forgiveness
    04:49
  • VII. God Loves You when You’re Welcomed Back Home
    03:15
  • VIII. God Loves You when You Won’t Love Him
    10:48
  • IX. A Portrait of God’s Love - The Parable of the Prodigal Son
    04:13
  • Key Takeaway | God Loves You: He Always Has and He Always Will
    06:54
  • Genesis thru Revelation in 66 Scenes
    05:43

Instructor

The Jeremiah School of Biblical Studies at www.SoCalSem.edu.
Dr. David Jeremiah
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Dr. David Jeremiah serves as chancellor of Southern California Seminary and as senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, California.  He is the founder and host of the global radio and television ministry, Turning Point, a broadcast program dedicated to sharing the unchanging Word of God with an ever-changing world.   The combined weekly audience of Turning Point exceeds 10 million people worldwide. Dr. Jeremiah is also the author of more than 40 books, including the bestsellers Captured by Grace, What in the World Is Going On?, and the most recent New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller, God loves You: He Always Has, He Always Will.  

Dr. Jeremiah is committed to teaching the complete Word of God. His passion for encouraging believers in their faith is demonstrated through his faith communication of biblical truths.

The professors of Southern California Seminary serve as the facilitators for this course. The course designer, Dr. Gary Woods, has taught in classrooms and online for Southern California Seminary, San Diego Christian College, Luther Rice Seminary, and Liberty University since 1996. He has a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Education in Technology from Alliant International University. He serves on the pastoral staff of Shadow Mountain Community Church.