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1 The Gospel of Luke

2 The Stepping Stones Project April 25, 2010 Luke 15:1-32 Search and Rescue

3 The Gospel of Luke Welcome to Welcomes you!

4 The Gospel of Luke Prayer Requests

5 The Gospel of Luke Opening Prayer

6 The Gospel of Luke Bible Reading Luke 15:1-32

7 The Gospel of Luke 1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, This man receives sinners and eats with them. 3 So he told them this parable: 4 What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost. Luke 15:1-6 (ESV)

8 The Gospel of Luke 7 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. 8 Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? 9 And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost. 10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents. Luke 15:7-10 (ESV)

9 The Gospel of Luke 11 And he said, There was a man who had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me. And he divided his property between them. 13 Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. 14 And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. 16 And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything. Luke 15:11-16 (ESV)

10 The Gospel of Luke 17 But when he came to himself, he said, How many of my father's hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants. 20 And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Luke 15:17-21 (ESV)

11 The Gospel of Luke 22 But the father said to his servants, Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. 23 And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to celebrate. 25 Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said to him, Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound. Luke 15:22-27 (ESV)

12 The Gospel of Luke 28 But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, 29 but he answered his father, Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him! 31 And he said to him, Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32 It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found. Luke 15:28-32 (ESV)

13 The Gospel of Luke Sermon and Discussion

14 The Gospel of Luke Search and Rescue Q: When someone is lost in the wilderness, what is the difference between a rescue operation and a recovery operation?

15 The Gospel of Luke Search and Rescue Q: When someone is lost in the wilderness, what is the difference between a rescue operation and a recovery operation? A: The term rescue operation implies you are trying to find those still alive and rescue them to bring them back to safety. A recovery operation means trying to locate the bodies of the dead so you can bury them.

16 The Gospel of Luke Search and Rescue I think about that every next time I read: And Jesus said to him, "Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God." (Luke 9:60 ESV)

17 The Gospel of Luke Search and Rescue I think about that every next time I read: And Jesus said to him, "Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God." (Luke 9:60 ESV) Christianity is a rescue operation, not a recovery one. In Luke 15 we have three parables of Search and Rescue. Lets take them.

18 The Gospel of Luke Search and Rescue The standard interpretation of each of these parables is that God searches after those that have not accepted Him as Lord and Savior (or are lost).

19 The Gospel of Luke Search and Rescue The standard interpretation of each of these parables is that God searches after those that have not accepted Him as Lord and Savior (or are lost). While that is a true statement, I am not completely sure that is what these are about.

20 The Gospel of Luke 1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, This man receives sinners and eats with them. 3 So he told them this parable: Q: Who is Jesus talking directly to in these parables? Luke 15:1-3 (ESV)

21 The Gospel of Luke 1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, This man receives sinners and eats with them. 3 So he told them this parable: Q: Who is Jesus talking directly to in these parables? A: Those who are not seeking after those who are lost – The Pharisees and scribes. Luke 15:1-3 (ESV)

22 The Gospel of Luke 1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, This man receives sinners and eats with them. 3 So he told them this parable: Q: Who else is listening? Luke 15:1-3 (ESV)

23 The Gospel of Luke 1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, This man receives sinners and eats with them. 3 So he told them this parable: Q: Who else is listening? A: Those who are lost. They need to hear this too. Luke 15:1-3 (ESV)

24 The Gospel of Luke 4 What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost. 7 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. Luke 15:4-7 (ESV)

25 The Gospel of Luke 4 What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost. 7 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. Q: Who is the man in this parable? Luke 15:4-7 (ESV)

26 The Gospel of Luke 4 What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost. 7 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. Q: Who is the man in this parable? A: The common answer is that it is Jesus – The Good Shepherd. Another is God the Father as all things belong to Him. The Holy Spirit certainly is involved in seeking out the lost, so that could work too. Luke 15:4-7 (ESV)

27 The Gospel of Luke 4 What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost. 7 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. But what about us? Jesus says What man of you – implying that what He is doing is something we all should be doing. Luke 15:4-7 (ESV)

28 The Gospel of Luke 8 Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? 9 And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost. 10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents. Luke 15:8-10 (ESV)

29 The Gospel of Luke 8 Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? 9 And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost. 10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents. Q: Same question – who does the searching here? Luke 15:8-10 (ESV)

30 The Gospel of Luke 8 Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? 9 And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost. 10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents. Q: Same question – who does the searching here? A: If the woman is God (possible) this would be a very rare portrayal of God as female. Luke 15:8-10 (ESV)

31 The Gospel of Luke 8 Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? 9 And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost. 10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents. Q: Same question – who does the searching here? A: If the woman is God (possible) this would be a very rare portrayal of God as female. Also – if the one doing the searching is God, it is strange vocabulary to have God call together His peers (since He has none). Luke 15:8-10 (ESV)

32 The Gospel of Luke 8 Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? 9 And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost. 10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents. Q: Did she own the coin in the beginning of the story? Luke 15:8-10 (ESV)

33 The Gospel of Luke 8 Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? 9 And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost. 10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents. Q: Did she own the coin in the beginning of the story? A: She did. Which has interesting implications for a church (like us) that holds the view that once you are saved, you are always saved. Luke 15:8-10 (ESV)

34 The Gospel of Luke 8 Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? 9 And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost. 10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents. On possibility is that God owns us in some sense even before become Christians and Jesus is trying to express that feeling in the parable. But how then would he lose that ownership? Luke 15:8-10 (ESV)

35 The Gospel of Luke 8 Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? 9 And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost. 10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents. Another possibility is that the parable simply does not extend that far – although there are three parables here. You would thing the Man (Jesus) was trying to make a point. Luke 15:8-10 (ESV)

36 The Gospel of Luke 8 Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? 9 And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost. 10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents. I think he has ownership over the sinners at the start of the story because they are part of a covenantal group (the children of Israel) with Him that has strayed away from following Him (become lost) and He is trying to call them home. Luke 15:8-10 (ESV)

37 The Gospel of Luke 8 Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? 9 And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost. 10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents. Thus what is lost is not salvation, but fellowship with God and while Jesus is the one doing the searching in the real world story, He is doing it as a man demonstrating what we all must do. Listen again as I rewind … Luke 15:8-10 (ESV)

38 The Gospel of Luke 4 What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost. 7 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. Luke 15:4-7 (ESV)

39 The Gospel of Luke 4 What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost. 7 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. Now the third parable. Please hear this story as a church and someone leaving that church for a time, then returning. See if you pick up any different meanings… Luke 15:4-7 (ESV)

40 The Gospel of Luke 11 And he said, There was a man who had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me. And he divided his property between them. 13 Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. 14 And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. 16 And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything. Luke 15:11-16 (ESV)

41 The Gospel of Luke 17 But when he came to himself, he said, How many of my father's hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants. 20 And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Luke 15:17-21 (ESV)

42 The Gospel of Luke 22 But the father said to his servants, Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. 23 And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to celebrate. 25 Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said to him, Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound. Luke 15:22-27 (ESV)

43 The Gospel of Luke 28 But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, 29 but he answered his father, Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him! 31 And he said to him, Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32 It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found. Luke 15:28-32 (ESV)

44 The Gospel of Luke Search and Rescue Some thoughts: We need to be looking out for those lost from fellowship just as the Father did

45 The Gospel of Luke Search and Rescue Some thoughts: We need to be looking out for those lost from fellowship just as the Father did If you are the one out of fellowship you need to come home

46 The Gospel of Luke Search and Rescue Some thoughts: We need to be looking out for those lost from fellowship just as the Father did If you are the one out of fellowship you need to come home When someone returns to the church and fellowship, we need to welcome them back warmly for they were lost and now they are found. They were dead in their fellowship and now they are alive.

47 The Gospel of Luke QUOTW: Who do I need to search for this week?

48 The Gospel of Luke Prayer

49 The Gospel of Luke For Next Week: Luke 16 Faithful in Little; Faithful in Much

50 The Gospel of Luke Thanks for Coming!! Stay and fellowship for a few minutes if you can.

51 The Gospel of Luke


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