Series: One Matters
Title: Part 1
Date: June 4-5, 2016
Speaker: Peter Barber
Luke 15 :1-7 – The Parable of the Lost Sheep
Principle: Do for one what you wish you could do for the many
Luke 15:1 - Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus.
Luke 15:2 - “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them."
Luke 15:3 - Suppose one of you has a hunted 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?
Irony - Religious leaders would have never tended sheep!
Shepherds were often hired to watch all the sheep. A shepherds reputation depended on how he took care of each sheep.
Luke 15:5-6 - 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.'
Sheep when lost will lie down and just cry out. Sheep weigh up to 70 pounds, so this is not easy work. When calling the friends together, there was probably a celebration and a meal.
Luke 15:7 - …more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who don not need to repent. (implication is that the 99 are the Pharisees)
God is like a shepherd and he has a relentless love for those who are lost. God’s love is not a passive love, but a pursuing and seeking love!
EATING - Pharisees are mad that Jesus eats with sinners. Jesus indicates that we are to eat with all people.
Pharisees viewed the Table as a mini Temple (but must be clean to attend)
Jesus also viewed the Table as a mini Temple (open for all and help people find the way)
Jesus reverses the influence between clean and unclean, and empowers us to do the same.
This passage is about salvation, but there is also something deeper at work here…often the lost are those who do not look like me. We have a hard time pursuing those who are not like us.
We have an incredible training ground to live out this parables - we all have neighbors!
Assignment: Fill out the Block Map with the neighbors who live around you.
Imagine if we did for one neighbor what we wish we could do for all eight! Imagine if every one in the church did!
· As a child, when was a time you got lost from your family or group?
· Read Luke 15:1-7
· Who gathered to hear Jesus? (v. 1)
· Why were the Pharisees and teachers of the law grumbling? (v. 2)
· What does a good shepherd do when one of the flock is lost? (v. 4)
· What happens when the shepherd returns to his home and flock after finding a lost sheep? (v. 6)
· The story indicates that eating and sharing a meal together was significant and seen differently by Jesus and the Pharisees. In what ways could a meal serve as a mini-temple…a way to encounter God’s presence and love? Sharing God’s love with others?
· Peter states that we have a hard time pursuing and loving those who are not like us. Are there people or groups that you have a difficult time pursuing?
· What is one thing that you could do for one neighbor this week? Will you do it?
· What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?
· What will help you remember it?
· Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?