Overall Series Big Idea: Our universal longing for love, purpose, and meaning in life can only be fulfilled inside a relationship with God. Regardless of where you are on your journey, you can find your way back to God and awaken to living a life that matters! This series will help us to see there is a universal pattern that awakens us to finding love, purpose, and meaning in life when we find our way back to God.
1 - Awakening To Longing (April 3)
Description: The longing to be loved, to find purpose for our days, to find meaning in our pain is given to us by God and intended to lead us back to him.
Text: Luke 15:11-24, “The younger son…set off for a distant country.”—Luke 15:13, Eph 2:8-10
Takeaway: Make the “wager” with God. Bet (for the next 30 days) that He alone is the fulfillment to your longing for love, purpose, and meaning in life.
2 - Awakening to Regret (Apr 10)
Description: Our attempts to find love, purpose, and meaning on our own lead to an endless cycle of longing and regret; but if we decide to return to God, we’ll find we can always start over.
Text: Luke 15:11-24 “When he came to his senses...”—Luke 15:17
Takeaway: Aim of the talk is for people to come to the decision they need to change; they need to head in a new direction in life. It’s never too late to start over.
3 - Awakening to Help (April 17)
Description: When we admit we are powerless to fulfill our longings on our own, we’ll discover there’s help and that help has a name. His name is Jesus.
Text: Luke 15:11-24 He got up and went to his father.—Luke 15:20
Takeaway: Admitting that we cannot do it on our own, we surrender to the One who wants more for us than we could ever imagine. There will also be a direct call for a decision - asking people to surrender to Jesus & be baptized, as well.
4 - Awakening to Love (April 24)
Description: When we find our way back to God, we will discover our identity as a deeply loved, unconditionally accepted child of God.
Text: Luke 15:11-24 “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.”—Luke 15:21
Takeaway: The challenge today will be to go public with your faith and Jesus and be baptized. Be prepared to offer baptism at your campus on this Sunday.
5 - Awakening to Life (May 1)
Description: In Christ, we find life that is really living! Find your place in the community of God’s sons and daughters as we celebrate, connect, and contribute together.
Text: Luke 15:11-24, John 10:10
This son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.—Luke 15:24
Takeaway: In Christ, we can experience the zoe life (3C Message).
*This 5-week series is based off the book by Dave & Jon Ferguson
titled Finding Your Way Back to God.