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God pursues the and so should I.

The Greek word Apollumi which we translate as LOST means to  utterly be or the state of being .

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

-John 3:16

Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. But this made the Pharisees and teachers of the religious law  upset. They complained, “This man welcomes sinners and even eats with them”.

-Luke 15:1-2

“No Pharisee had ever dreamed of a God like that. A great Jewish scholar has admitted that this is the one absolutely new thing which Jesus taught about God – that he actually searched for us. A Jew might have agreed that those who came crawling home to God in self-abasement and prayed for pity might find it; but he would never have conceived of a God who went out to search for sinners.”

-William Barclay

So Jesus told them this story:  “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders. When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’ In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!”

-Luke 15:3-7

All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own.

-Isaiah 53:6

Suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and sweep the entire house and search carefully until she finds it?  And when she finds it, she will call in her friends and neighbors and say, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost coin.’  In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.”

-Luke 15:8-10

He got up and started back to his father. But when he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt sorry for him. He ran to his son and hugged and kissed him. His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.’ “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.

-Luke 15:20-24

God pursues the who is and so should I.

I, the Son of Man, have come to seek and save people who are lost.

-Luke 19:10

To discuss during the week with your family, Life Group, or Campus.

1. Reflect on a time you felt spiritually lost. What was it like to be found? How can you use your experience to help you empathize with others that are lost?

2. Who is your “one” that God is calling you to pursue?

3. Which scripture most spoke to you in this message?

4. What else stood out to you in this message?

5. What next step is Jesus asking you to take as a result of this