Found Sheep
Luke 15:1-7

August 29, 2021 • Brian Becker • Found

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Sermon Notes - August 29, 2021
Found -Brian Becker

Found Sheep
Found Coin
Found Son

Luke 15:1-7 (NIV)
Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

Luke 15:1-7 (NIV)
Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?

Luke 15:1-7 (NIV)
And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’

Luke 15:1-7 (NIV)
I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

Luke 15:1-7 (NIV)
Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

3 flawed cultural strategies of Christians throughout church history:

  • Be defensive against culture and seek to dominate it.
  • Seek purity from culture and withdraw from it entirely.
  • Compromise with culture and be assimilated by it.

Christians should not withdraw from culture, nor should they compromise, nor dominate. They must simply enter every field trying to be salt and light, trying to serve, and yet at the same time being true to their Christian faith.- James Hunter

Luke 15:1-7 (NIV)
Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?

Isaiah 53:6 (NIV)
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned - every one - to our own way.

John 10:11,14-16a (NIV)
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me…

John 10:11,14-16a (NIV)
just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also.

Luke 15:1-7 (NIV)
And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’

There’s nobody God can’t reach.
There’s nobody God can’t use.
There’s no place God can’t revive.

Luke 15:1-7 (NIV)
And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’

“Church is not a box to be checked, but an anchor in the storms of life.”
- Jeff Hendersonn

Luke 15:1-7 (NIV)
I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

Repent & Believe
Repent & Participate

“Rethink everything you think you know about who God is, who you are, and what the good life you crave actually is, and put your trust and confidence in Jesus to heal you, save you, free you, and lead you to the life you actually ache for.”
- John Mark Comer

Am I ready to repent?
Am I ready to participate?

Who do you know personally and locally that has wandered from their faith?

There’s nobody God can’t reach.
There’s nobody God can’t use.
There’s no place God can’t revive.

Your love Oh Lord, covers the multitude of my sins. So when I am fully aware of my sin, when before the justice of heaven only wrath is pronounced upon me, then you are the only person to whom I can escape.

If I try to cover myself against the guilt of sin and the wrath of heaven, I will be driven to madness and despair. But if I rely on you to cover my sins, I shall find peace and joy.

You suffered and died on the cross to shelter us from our guilt, and take upon yourself the wrath that we deserve. Let me rest under you, and may you transform me into your likeness. Amen. - Soren Kierkegaard