Parable of Lost Things
Passage: Luke 15:1-10
Memory Verse for the Week: Luke 15:7 & 10 (ESV)
Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. … Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.
Intro: Why is the context of these stories so critical?
WHAT IS IT TO BE LOST?
What does it mean for something or someone to be lost?
WHAT’S INVOLVED IN SEEKING?
What has to be done to find what’s been lost?
WHY IS THERE JOY IN BEING FOUND?
What changes when you realize you’ve been wrong?
YOU CAN PRAY WITH US ...
1. Worship the LORD for His mercy and compassion for the lost. Praise Him, Father, Son and Holy Spirit for loving us even when we’ve turned away from Him in our foolishness and pride.
2. How have you lived resisting calling yourself lost in your sin? Confess to Jesus your peril and helplessness to save yourself, asking Him to forgive you and to change in you what only He can.
3. Give thanks to Jesus for His work to seek and save you in your guilt and ruin. Read Luke 19:10 and thank Him for seeking you and for all He has done to rescue you from all threats of sin, death and hell.
4. Who do you know that is lost? Pray for them, asking the Lord to work to save them – and that He would use you in His pursuit of them in the same way that He sought you and saved you in Christ.
5. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you be eager to return to Him (eager to repent). Pray for a soft heart, especially as He reveals His heart to pursue us when we stray – that we would never fear His pursuit but only welcome it.
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