Luke 15

Loving Like Jesus

Intro

15 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him (Jesus). 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them” (Lk 15:1–2)

Mind

  • Why were the religious leaders angry with Jesus?

  • What do these verses tell you about the way Pharisees and Scribes view the people who in sin?

  • What do these verses tell you about the way Jesus views those same people?

Illustration


Motive

  • Why do you think Jesus is ministering to people at a dinner table? What is unique about that place?


Memory Verse

Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13 Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mt 9:12–13).



Mission

What would look like for us to live like Jesus? How should we begin to pray for and serve those around us who need to hear and see the great love of God? It might look like laughter and stories shared around a meal - it might look like lots of different things, but if we are following Jesus’ example, it must mean that we meaningfully and genuinely love those around us in some real ways.

How can you do that this week?

What do you love to do? Maybe you can invite someone to do it with you.

What do you have time to do? Do you need to say no to something (even a good thing) so that you can make space for the great adventure of the gospel?

What creative ways can you begin to serve other?


Worship



Prayer

Ask God to help you see those around you as he sees them and to give you a passion for loving the world as he does.

Further Study

  • Mike Breen teaching on what it means to be a Family on Mission:

The Lost Sheep

Intro

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

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

So he told them this parable: “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? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 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.’ 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).



Illustration

Mind

  • Why were the Pharisees and Scribes angry with Jesus?

  • How do “good” people often feel about “bad” people? How does Jesus teach us to feel?


Motive

What does the shepherd feel when he finds his lost sheep? What does God feel when a lost son or daughter returns?

“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? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing (Lk. 15:4-5).



The Pharisees and Scribes were religious leaders - they were shepherds (That’s what the word Pastor means). How should they spend their time if there are lost people in their community?


“Depend on it. God's work done in God's way will never lack God's supply.” – Hudson Taylor

“When we consecrate ourselves to God, we think we are making a great sacrifice, and doing lots for Him, when really we are only letting go of some little bitsy trinkets we have been grabbing, and when our hands are empty, He fills them full of His treasure. ~ Betty Stam”

Memory Verse

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 15:7).



Mission

As followers of Jesus, we must love the things that he loves and do the things that he does. Looking at this parable, what types of people are we called to love and what types of things should we spend our time doing?


11 And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples,“Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12 But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13 Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners” (Matthew 9:11-13).

  • Who is it that you are searching for? Who are you helping find their way back to Jesus? Pray for them now.

  • What was Jesus doing at the beginning of the story that made the Pharisees so mad? Is that something that you should do sometime, too? When and how?



Worship

Prayer

Ask God to help you love like He loves. Be thankful that he is not angry when we turn from our sin, he rejoices!

Further Study

  • R.C. Sproul Sermon: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/sermons/parable-lost-sheep/