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 Luke 15 Summary

Key Idea: "God seeks the sinner"

Summary: Hi Ladies,

Don’t you just love this cool weather? Time to go out and sit in the patio or in your front yard and watch the birds. Ha!!

Last week, we began Luke chapter 15. We noted that Jesus gave a set of parables, probably the most famous of all. The parable of the lost sheep, the lost coin and the prodigal son.

When Jesus gives a “set” of parables, though they may discuss slightly different things, they often address the same point. He did this in chapter 14. In the story of the tower, He says, “Sit down and consider the cost of following Me.” In the story of the kings, He says, “Sit down and consider the cost, and whether you can refuse NOT to follow Me.”

Both parables address the cost of discipleship.

In chapter 15, Jesus addresses the heart of the Father who seeks the sinner! This is in direct contrast to the religious leaders of the day. The Jewish leaders objected to receiving sinners such as tax-collectors. Even to associate with them was to imply welcome and recognition.

In these parables, Jesus addresses both the sinners and the religious leaders. These set of parables addresses the love of the Father for the lost.

In the parable of the lost sheep, Jesus tells us that God is more interested in seeking the lost sinner than ninety “righteous sheep” who feel they have no need for repentance.

In both the stories of the lost sheep and the lost coins, there is great rejoicing in heaven when what is lost is found.

Next week, I hope to have more discussion as we look a bit more closely at the story of the prodigal son. Here are some thoughts to ponder.

1. In what ways can we be like the ninety-nine who feel they have no need for repentance?

2. Who would be the “sinners and the tax-collectors” of our day? Do we sometimes fear association with sinners for fear of what others may say?

3. How can we have the heart of God in seeking the lost? What are some dangers we should be aware of?

Our memory verse for the week is:

“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were entreating through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:20 NASB

May God give us the heart of the Father that we may seek those who are lost and desperately in need of Him.

Let’s make a list of those we know who do not know the LORD. Let’s actively begin to ask God to save them and to help us be available to Him to use as He sees fit.

Have a great weekend! See you, Sunday.

Bobbie

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