Why Did Jesus Come? To Seek the Lost, Pastor Adam Kohlstrom

By Chestnut Street Baptist Church | Dec 05, 2013
Do you know what’s really special about us here at CSBC?   NOTHING! Absolutely nothing!  If you are looking for a perfect church then you are going to be very disappointed with us.  At CSBC you’ll find real people, with real problems, who live real lives, and are all learning to love a real God whose grace is more than enough for all our needs. You see, here at CSBC we don’t need to cling to our own “special-ness” or “goodness” because of the cross of Jesus Christ.  At His cross we find that we are really not so “good” after all.  In fact, we discover that we are unquestionably guilty and yet can be unconditionally forgiven. At Jesus’ cross we learn that He does not want to condemn us in our sins but to save us from them.  At the cross we find that God receives us just where we are but He loves us enough not to leave us there.  God can and will change lives.  He is changing us and can change you as well. So here at CSBC there are only people.  People like me.  People like you.  People like us.  People who desperately need God’s grace.  Everyone is welcome to come and receive that grace.  We invite you to join us on this life-changing journey.    Welcome Home to Chestnut Street Baptist Church!

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?

 

 

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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

 

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