Reaching the Prodigal

Episode 587 Show Notes 

From the Show

Reach out to them in love and talk about how important it is to follow Jesus, the grace of Jesus, and all that God has done for us. Plead with this person. If the person is struggling with addiction, that can cause real physical harm as well, so you may warn them in love. This is not something we sweep under the rug and pretend like it’s not a big deal. Reach and tell them the pain that this is causing and how you long to see them restored, not only in the body, but to God, who is the source of life.

–Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

  1. 1. Sometimes I feel like the most inspirational verses in the Bible actually leave me feeling hopeless. Like 1 Thessalonians 5:16—18, “16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”I’m not always happy, I don’t always pray, and I often forget to be thankful. If this is God’s will for me, why do I have such a hard time living it out?

2. I heard a TV pastor talk about the bible verse, “God is no respecter of persons.”He went on to say that this meant that God does not respect people, only Jesus. Is this correct? I know God loves people, perhaps everyone, but does he respect them?

3. I know the Bible talks about Scripture being God-breathed, but who was the first person that started writing the Bible, and how has everything been compiled into one book?

4.  How can I reach out, on a spiritual level, to a friend and fellow Christian who has fallen away to drugs and alcohol and has seemingly lost his love for the Lord? 

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Resources

The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith by Timothy Keller

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Adriel Sanchez

Adriel Sanchez is pastor of North Park Presbyterian Church, a congregation in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he also serves the broader church as a host on the Core Christianity radio program, a live, daily call-in talk show where he answers listeners' questions about the Bible and the Christian faith. He and his wife Ysabel live in San Diego with their four children.

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