Religion & Spirituality:Christianity
God's Invitation: Coins and Sheep
Coins and Sheep - Outline
September 8th, 2019
The parables of Luke 15 show us what God cares about most: ______________ _________________.
He _________________ them.
He wants to have a __________________ relationship with them.
1. Finding lost people gives God great joy.
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, NLT)
“Or 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, NLT)
2. Jesus spoke these parables in response to ____________________
Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such sinful people—even eating with them! (Luke 15:1–2, NLT)
3. Jesus cares about __________ __________more than anything else.
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?
Won’t she light a lamp and sweep the entire house and search carefully until she finds it?
4. God’s primary motivation is_____________________.
The LORD passed in front of Moses, calling out, “Yahweh! The LORD!
The God of compassion and mercy! I am slow to anger and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness. I lavish unfailing love to a thousand generations. I forgive iniquity, rebellion, and sin. (Exodus 34:6–7a, NLT)
5. God has ______ _______________of categories of people who are _______________________ from the kingdom.
So, who is on your list?
[This doesn’t mean that God _________________ _____________.]
But I do not excuse the guilty. (Exodus 34:7a, NLT)
6. Jesus is saying when someone is lost God will go to ___________
________________________to rescue them.
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:16–17, NLT)
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