The Father’s Heart for His Lost Sons

New Philly Sydney
Preached by Paul Yoo on September 27, 2015, Sunday.
CG questions written by Pastor Paul Yoo

Discussion Questions


  1. Do you relate more with the younger brother or the older brother? How so?
  2. Share about a time in your life when you were “lost.” How did you end up finding your way?

    The Lost Younger Son

  4. The younger son imagined his father being unwilling to receive him back as a son. Our tendency, when we return to God, is to say, “I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.” Why is it important to remember, if we are ever lost, that the Father’s heart is longing for us to return and that he will fully welcome us?
  5. Is there a difference between true and false repentance? What does 2 Cor 7:10 are the two kinds of “grief”, and what are the differences?
  6. The younger brother needed to repent of his rebellion in recklessly disregarding God’s ways. Are there any areas in your life where you need to “come to yourself” and repent of your rebellion?

    The Lost Older Son

  8. How was the older brother just as lost as the younger brother? In other words, how are religious people like the Pharisees just as lost as the sinners and tax collectors?
  9. What were some of the characteristics of the older brother, the religious spirit? Have you seen any tendencies of this spirit in yourself?
  10. God’s heart longs for the religious people, like the Pharisees, to repent of their self-righteousness and pride and judgmental spirit so that they might enter into true fellowship with him. How does self-righteousness and pride separate us from intimacy with the Father? Have you considered that self-righteousness and pride are things that need to be repented of?
  11. Only people who know they’re lost have any hope of being found. Do you consider yourself fundamentally as lost or as a pretty good person? How does the gospel shape the way we see ourselves and our identity?

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