The Parable of the Lost Sheep

How do we apply Jesus’ teaching of the “Lost Sheep?”

We must be intentional about nurturing relationships with our friends & family who are yet to know Jesus. After all, the 99 sheep are safe in their pen (they’re “saved”), but we need to go after the ONE lost sheep (Luke 15:7).

Sermon preached on March 7, 2021.

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Digging Deeper

Want to get a little deeper into the study? Below are some questions and thoughts to consider based on the sermon message. Feel free to work through them on your own, as a family or in your small group. (Discussion questions for elementary-age kids can be found below.) If you have questions, please contact us.

Discussion Questions:

  • Describe the first two verses of this chapter. Why were the tax collectors and sinners gathering around Jesus? Why were the Pharisees talking?
  • Have you seen a similar scene take place in a Christian setting?
  • Who is the “them” in verse three? What is the significance of the crowds hearing this message? How would the message have hit them differently?
  • Why would the shepherd leave the ninety-nine to go after the lost sheep? What does this tell you about the ninety-nine? What does this tell you about the one?
  • Why do you think Jesus ended this parable with a celebration? What would the significance of a celebration mean to the different groups of crowds?
YOUR CALL TO ACTION:
  • This week, join with us in praying for the one person in our own lives who are yet to know Jesus. We are passing out magnets during this series to help us daily remember our “one.” Grab a magnet, stick it on your refrigerator, and pray for your one by name.

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