Monday, November 12, 2007

Help get the party started

This is an excerpt from last weeks small group curriculum I wrote based on Luke chapter 15.

The Big Idea: Heaven throws a big party when one sinner repents, so Jesus came to seek and save the lost. He was a friend of sinners. Are you?

Summary: Jesus said that it is the sick who need a doctor not those who are already healthy. In the parables of the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin, and the Lost Son we see a general theme that the Father in Heaven rejoices greatly over the lost one who repents and comes to him. Jesus exemplified how we reach the lost by seeking them out, welcoming them, eating with them, and encouraging them to live for God. He didn’t ignore them or shun them, but instead he made sure he was intentionally encountering them. How will we be able to lead people to Christ and share his gospel if we are not part of their lives? How will people see Christ in us if we hide from them? Don’t “hide it under a bushel;” rather, make it a point to encounter and befriend those who are lost and who are in desperate need of Christ. Get the party started in heaven by being Christ in a lost world; for there will be much rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents.

Additional Resources: on sharing your faith (Called to Fish, What’s in Your Tackle Box, Harvest Time) and repentance. Another related post is Use Words.


Anita Hensley said...

yes... and then let's disciple them and let us be discipled under your guidance ourselves, oh Lord.

Eric Jones said...

AMEN! Preach it.