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A Heart for Your ONE!

April 28, 2019

 

 

SERMON NOTES

 

A Heart For Your One!

 

 

10.6 million people living in the state of Georgia.

4.1 million (39%) of those people report being connected to a local church.

 

10.6 million people living in the state of Georgia!

4.1 million (39%) of those people report being connected to a local church.

6.5 million people not connected to a local church.

 

10.6 million people living in the state of Georgia.

4.1 million (39%) of those people report being connected to a church family!

 

6.5 million people not connected to a local church.

3.6 million seldom or never attending! 

 

(The Atlanta Journal - Constitution, Adam Carlson 2015)

 

 

"1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear Him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” 3 So He told them this parable: 4 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ 7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance." (Luke 15:1-7, ESV)

 

 

1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear Him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”                                 

 

 

4 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 

 

 

"Pharisees and the scribes, who were the leaders of Israel, found no joy in even approaching the lost, let alone seeing them converted.  They were the worst kind of shepherds, the worst kind of religious leaders, the worst kind of representatives of God."  ~ John MacArthur

 

 

61% of Christians in a survey said they have never told another person about Jesus!

 

48% of Christians, when asked how many times they invited someone to church, said, "zero."

 

20% of Christians say they rarely or never pray for the spiritual status of others. (The Gospel Coalition, Joe Carter 2012)

 

 

"6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ 7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance."

 

"13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

14 How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” (Romans 10:13-15, ESV)

 

 

 

LIFEGROUP NOTES

 

Week 1 - A Heart for Your One!

 

‘Concern for the Lost’ -  What does this look like?  This concept can sometimes seem arbitrary and even ambiguous--but it should not be. Concern for the lost should be something that is palpable to all those professing to be followers of Christ!
  
1. As a group, discuss what ‘a concern for the lost’ should look like in the life of a follower of Christ?


Sometimes, even those who are the most righteous and the most obedient do not have ‘true concern for the lost’.  Some become complacent in their duty/ministry, while others are too busy seeking approval from other believers that they are too preoccupied to even think about the lost. As an example of this, and a precursor to today’s study, let’s consider the story of the prodigal son from Luke 15:11-32.  Read this passage out loud as a group.

 

2. Who are the three main characters in this story?

 
3. It is obvious that the prodigal son was living in sin. In requesting his inheritance while his father was still alive, he was basically telling his dad, “I wish you were dead”.  He left his family to live a life of hedonism and debauchery. He lost everything and had to work for a farmer, feeding pigs--which for a Jewish boy is unheard of since ceremonially pigs were declared unclean. But what evidence do we see of a repentant heart in this passage for the prodigal son?


4. So, now that we have seen sin in the life of the prodigal son and his expressed desire to repent from sin and return to his father, let’s look at the two types of responses to this repentance from sin. 

Focus on v20-24.  What evidence do we see of a ‘heart for the lost’ in these verses?


5. Focus on v25-30.  What do we see from the older son?  Does he have any evidence of a ‘heart for the lost’?


Impact Statement 


There is quite a significant difference in the way that the father and the older son react to the repentance of the prodigal son. The father, who has ‘heart for the lost’ --welcomes him, recognizes his heart, and is so overcome with joy at his repentance that he wants to throw a party!  The older son/brother, however, is jealous and angry that his brother gets a party.  His case to his father is as follows, "I have been obedient...I have been faithful and you never celebrated me. This is not fair! Where is my party?  I deserve to be celebrated! He (the prodigal son) already had his party when he demanded his inheritance and then squandered it on drugs and prostitutes! Now you are throwing him another party when he returns?!” The brother is so caught up in what he deserves and justice for himself--that he is displaying an amazing ignorance of Grace! It is obvious that the older brother does not have a ‘heart for the lost’ or he would be able to celebrate his brothers return like his father was able to do.

 

What is most convicting about the reaction of the older brother is that this is how many of us would react! Wanting self-recognition--and ignoring what God is doing--SAVING SOULS!  But the father has a great perspective!  He tells his older son, "your reward is that you have always been with me!"  Translated this means, ‘Son, your reward, is that you never forsook me. You will never have to deal with the baggage of sin like your brother will have to. Be grateful that God has spared you from the magnitude of sins that warrant a party when you repent!
 


 

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