Dr. David Jeremiah, the bestselling author and founder of Turning Point Radio and Television Ministries, spoke at Liberty University Convocation on Wednesday about the love of God. He told the story of the prodigal son from Luke 15:11-32 to show how God, our heavenly father, loves us even when we stray away from Him.
A renowned Bible teacher, Jeremiah is the senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church near San Diego, Calif. He is the bestselling author of several books, including “Escape the Coming Night,” “The Power of Encouragement,” and “What the Bible Says About Angels.” Turning Point was started in 1982 and now the ministry’s 30-minute radio program is heard nationally and around the world, with an estimated 200 million homes with access to Jeremiah’s teaching each week.
Jeremiah made his second visit to Liberty on Wednesday. His message was derived from his most recent book, “God Loves You: He Always Has, He Always Will,” which he signed advance copies of after Convocation. The book officially releases tomorrow. He also handed out wristbands with the phrase on it as a reminder of its truth — enough for everyone in attendance. He encouraged them to share it with others.
Jeremiah said the word prodigal is translated as “unrestrained and unlimited.” He said this description aligns more closely with the love of the father in the story, who welcomed his estranged son back to him after the son did the “unthinkable” by demanding his inheritance. In Jewish culture such behavior was equivalent to saying “I wish you were dead,” Jeremiah said.
Jeremiah had five points that he developed during his message — God loves you even when you are wounding his heart, when you are walking away from Him, when you are wallowing in sin, when you are working to come back, and when you repent.
He reminded students the beauty of the Gospel is that God’s love is not dependent upon our love, but rather His love for us. God took our shame on the cross because God’s nature is love.
“You can stop receiving His love, but you can’t stop God from loving you,” Jeremiah said.