You matter to God (!!)

Faith

So T and I are unofficially attending the morning service now at GT indefinitely until I stop getting scheduled to work during the Adore service on Sunday evenings. Which is no major drawback really, it just means having to get my but out of bed earlier than I usually do on Sunday mornings. And truly, theres a lot to be said for having church in the morning. Its sunny, and its a pretty damn great way to start the day. Anyways.. Today was guest speaker Ken Russell (scroll down if you click on his name to find his brief bio). He focused on three parables within Luke 15 — each exemplifying Jesus’ priority to seek and save the lost. Great stuff. Here are ma notes!

The lost sheep
“Suppose a man has 100 sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the 99 sheep grazing in the pasture and look for the lost sheep until he finds it? (Luke 15:4 GWT)
-lost sheep represents 1% of the flock
-yet the Shepard leaves 99 to search for one.
You are worth more than you know to God!
The lost coin
“Suppose a man has 100 sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the 99 sheep grazing in the pasture and look for the lost sheep until he finds it? “Suppose a woman has ten coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house, and look for the coin carefully until she finds it? When she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Let’s celebrate! I’ve found the coin that I lost.’ (Luke 15:4, 8, 9 GWT)
-lost coin represents 10% of the purse
-yet the women searches relentlessly
The lost son
-lost son represents 50% of the father’s male children -his sons
-yet the father longs for his lost son’s return

When the lost becomes significant the search becomes intense and compassionate, and it is motivated by unconditional love.
You are precious and significant to God!

-God is deeply concerned about those who wonder away, and there is a great celebration when that which was lost is found.Yet, some people will follow anyone they think is going anywhere. Some people wonder, some people become displaced, and some people rebel.
But…
Everyone matters, everyone has free will, and…there is a required response!

Why was there no search for the wayward son?
To teach people about God’s soveirnty and mankind’s freewill, and also to teach people about the devastation of both son’s rebellion. Until rebellion is resolved, the Lord’s search is always obstructed…it requires an exhaustion of worldly living and selfishness!
*Everyones restoration in God is treasured and celebrated*

Look at it this way: At the right time, while we were still helpless, Christ died for ungodly people. Finding someone who would die for a godly person is rare. Maybe someone would have the courage to die for a good person. Christ died for us while we were still sinners. This demonstrates God’s love for us. Since Christ’s blood has now given us God’s approval, we are even more certain that Christ will save us from God’s anger. If the death of his Son restored our relationship with God while we were still his enemies, we are even more certain that, because of this restored relationship, the life his Son lived will save us. In addition, our Lord Jesus Christ lets us continue to brag about God. After all, it is through Christ that we now have this restored relationship with God. (Romans 5:6-11 GWT)

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