Why Did Jesus Come? To Seek the Lost, Pastor Adam Kohlstrom
Why Did Jesus Come? To Seek the Lost
December 8, 2013 · Luke 19:1-10; 15:1-32
If you had a time machine and could travel back to visit any Christmas moment in your life, which one would you choose? Do you have a good sense of direction? Can you share about a time that you, or someone you love, was lost?
Are you someone who loses things, like car keys, frequently? Can you share the story of a frantic hunt for something that was lost?
Luke 19:10. “The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost,” reveals God as the seeker, the initiator, of our salvation. In fact, Romans 5:6-11 says that Jesus sought and saved us, “while we were still powerless,” “while we were still sinners,” and “while we were [God’s] enemies.” What does this reveal about us and our own religious efforts? How should this truth affect us?
Luke 15:1-7. If “a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush,” why would a shepherd risk “the ninety-nine in the pen for one in the brush”? What does this tell you about the heart of the shepherd? the value of the sheep? your own value (cf. Isaiah 53:6; Psalm 119:176; Ezekiel 34:6; John 10:14-16)?
Luke 15:11-32. Why do you think some have called this: “The Parable of the Lost Sons” (cf. Luke 15:25-32)? In what way was the older brother just as lost as the younger brother? Would you say that those who think themselves found are in greater danger than those who know themselves lost? Why?
Luke 15:1-2; 19:7 (cf. 5:29-32). Jesus’ declarations about seeking the lost were always in response to the criticism of “religious” types who did not consider themselves “lost.” Who do you think is “more” lost - those lost in their immorality or those lost in their own morality? Why? What does Jesus seem to say in Matthew 21:31-32?
NO Sunday School this week! | Morning Worship Service – 10:45 a.m.
UP COMING EVENTS
2013 Walk Through Bethlehem
Friday, December 6th from 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and
Saturday, December 7th from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 9, 7:00 p.m. ► MOUNT VIEW CHAMBER SINGERS – CAROLS IN THE ROUND – An evening of Christmas carols by candlelight right here in the sanctuary.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 6:30 p.m. ► CSBC SPECIAL CHRISTMAS MUSIC NIGHT – An extraordinary night of music featuring Christmas music from our choir, individual and group performances (both singing and instrumental) and some good old fashion hymns.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24, 6:00 p.m. ► CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE