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Luke 15

Big Brother Is Watching You

Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe | May 16, 1976

Selected highlights from this sermon

Looking at the parable of the prodigal son, Pastor Wiersbe explains that the older brother was outside of the joyful party when his brother returned. The older brother was angry at himself, his father, and his prodigal brother, and he had too much pride to go inside. The older brother represented the pharisees in Jesus’ day and all people today who think they deserve more than they are getting.

Transcripts for Dr. Wiersbe's sermons are forthcoming. Below is an outline of his message.

In the story of the prodigal son, the older brother represents the pharisees and scribes.

The older brother was moral, hardworking, and faithful, but he’s outside of the joyful party when the prodigal son returns.

Three questions about the older brother of the prodigal son helps us learn about our own hearts.

  • Why are you outside?
    • The older brother was angry because the prodigal son had been welcomed home.
    • He was angry at his father for being gracious and generous.
    • When anger gets into our hearts, it drains all of our energy.
    • Get your eyes off of other people, and be grateful for what God does for you.
    • He was angry at his brother for coming back home.
    • We should never tear down others to make our ministry look good.
    • He was angry at himself because he didn’t think he was getting what he deserved.
    • When you are in the will of God there is security and identity.
  • What does it cost to stay outside?
    • Staying outside of God’s house costs us our fellowship, joy, and character.
    • Where there is no growth, there is no maturity.
    • He lost the opportunity to help other people.
  • Can you go inside?
    • The only way to get in is to admit what we are.

Are we willing to face up to who we are in order to go back to the Father?

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