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The Self-Righteous Son

Sermon Date: June 23, 2019



Pastor Boyd preached a message out of Luke 15:25-33 titled The Self-Righteous Son.



  • This is the second part of a two-part sermon.  Last week we will looked at the prodigal son and the father's response to him.  This week, we will look at the self-righteous son.

  • It is hard to reach and love self-righteous people.  It is important to know how to handle yourself.  Present the scripture and God will defend himself.  The older brother was jealous of the younger brother's relationship with the father.

Main Points

  • The elder son represents self-righteousness

    • He was in the field of religion and not in the house of salvation

    • We sometimes get messed up being busy in ministry and not spending time with God (in scripture & prayer)

    • He didn't really know his father (2 Tim. 3:5)​

  • The older son was jealous (v. 29)

    • He wanted his brother to be shut out

    • God never shuts us out

    • The older son claims 3 things: 

      • to be religious (i.e. I serve you...);  

      • to be just/holy (i.e. never transgressed...); 

      • to deserve more

    • Jealousy references having something and having fear of loosing it.  It is a sickness of the soul.​

  • The older son lacked compassion

    • He focused on his brother's faults

    • Because the eldest son left home did not mean that he wasn't messed up

    • He thought that he had it all together

    • The fattest calf represents spiritual food that God gives to repentant sinners​

  • He had blindness of unbelief and unforgiveness

    • Unforgiveness is like drinking poison

    • He needed to believe in the love and trust of God

    • All of us have to take inventory of our own lives so that we don't have an attitude of self-righteousness​

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