LUKE 15

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Luke 15

LOST AND FOUND

 

This 3-part parable shows us the work of the Trinity in salvation.

THE SINNER IS LOST AND DISTRESSED - Vss. 4-6

THE SINNER IS FOUND THROUGH THE WORK OF THE SON - Isaiah 53:6, Luke 19:10

 

THE SINNER IS LOST AND DEAD - Vss. 8-10

THE SINNER IS FOUND THROUGH THE WITNESS OF THE SPIRIT - John 16:8-10, Ephesians 2:1

 

THE SINNER IS LOST AND DEFILED - Vss. 11-32, Isaiah 64:6

THE SINNER IS FOUND UNDER THE WATCH OF THE FATHER - John 1:12

 

 

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Luke 15:1-10

JOY IN HEAVEN

 

INTRODUCTION - Vss. 1-3

The self-righteous scribes and Pharisees found fault with Jesus because he received and ate with sinners. Using the stories of the lost sheep and the lost coin, Jesus shows that there is joy in Heaven when a sinner repents.

 

TRAGEDY - Vss. 4, 8

One sheep out of 100 is lost.

One coin out of 10 is lost.

Neither the shepherd nor the woman was satisfied with one even being lost.

The Lord Jesus is concerned for all those that are lost. Christians should be concerned for all those that are lost.

 

TENACITY - Vss. 4, 8

The shepherd and the woman were tenacious in their search for what was lost.

The Lord Jesus continues his search for lost people today.

We must be tenacious in our outreach to those without Christ.

 

TRIUMPH - Vss. 4, 8

The lost sheep and the lost coin were both found.

Jesus finds lost sheep, especially through the evangelistic outreach of Christians.

 

TESTIMONY - Vss. 5-7, 9-10

The shepherd and the woman joyfully call for others to rejoice with them when what was lost was found.

 

CONCLUSION - Any time a person repents and comes to Christ there is joy in Heaven.

 

 

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Luke 15:1-24

LOST AND FOUND!

 

I have lost many things in my time. Among the missing there have been lost hats, coats, socks, gloves, glasses, keys and a host of other things. On many occasions I have been able to rejoice because what was lost, was ultimately found.

 

The reason Jesus came to earth was because we sinners were "lost". Because of our sin against God, we were destined to an eternity in hell (Ezekiel 1:4). Jesus arrived to die for our sins and make it possible for anyone to have salvation (1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Romans 5:1).

 

In Luke 15, I see the work of God, the Trinity in seeking and finding the lost.

 

BACKGROUND - Vss. 1-3 - Jesus ministered to the despised people of His day. The Pharisees found fault. Jesus told three stories which illustrate God's work in winning the lost.

 

THE PARABLE OF THE LOST SHEEP SPEAKS OF THE DIRECTION OF THE SINNER FOUND BY THE SEEKING SAVIOR. Vss. 3-7

 

The sheep had wandered away. We sinners have done the same thing (Isaiah 53:6). Our Lord came to earth seeking us (Luke 19:10), and dying to save us (Romans 5:6-9).

 

THE PARABLE OF THE LOST COIN SPEAKS OF THE CONDITION OF THE SINNER, FOUND BY THE SEARCHING SPIRIT. Vss. 8-10

 

A coin is an inanimate object. It could not cry out, "Here am I!" in order to be found.

You and I were dead in trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1). We were helpless!

However the Spirit of God searched for us. He convicted us of our sin, and gave us an opportunity to be saved through trust in Christ (John 16:8-11, Ephesians 2:4-7).

 

THE PARABLE OF THE LOST SON SPEAKS OF THE DECISION OF THE SINNER WELCOMED BY THE SEEING FATHER. Vss. 11-24

 

Tell the story. The lost son comes to his senses and decides to return to his father.

The Father was evidently looking for Him all the time (Vs. 20).

When a lost sinner decides to come to Christ, the Heavenly Father is watching, and ready to receive him (Vss. 21-24, John 1:12).

 

 

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Luke 15:11-24

HOMECOMING

 

During the summer and fall many churches in the United States celebrate "Homecoming", when people are welcomed back for a visit at the home church. A good homecoming story is that of the Prodigal Son.

 

HE LEFT HOME - Vss. 11-14

 

HE DREAMT OF HOME - Vss. 15-19

 

HE CAME HOME - Vss. 20-24

 

 

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Luke 15:11-32

FATHER AND SONS FATHERS DAY

 

A REBELLIOUS SON Vss. 11-14

A REPENTANT SON Vss. 15-19

A RECEPTIVE (REJOICING) FATHER Vss. 20-25

A REPULSED SON Vss. 26-30

A RIGHTEOUS FATHER Vss. 31-32

 

 

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PICTURE OF THE FATHER

Luke 15:11-32 FATHERS DAY

 

This parable shows us some facts about our Heavenly Father which are worth remembering.

 

THE FATHER ALLOWS CHOICE, ALTHOUGH OFTEN DISAPPOINTED. Vss. 11-19

 

THE FATHER AWAITS CHANGE THAT BRINGS SOMEONE BACK TO HIM. Vss. 20-21

 

THE FATHER APPROVES CONFORMITY TO HIS WILL Vss. 21-32

 

 

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Luke 15:11-32

THE PRODIGAL

 

RETREAT FROM THE FATHER'S PRESENCE Vss. 11-16

RETHINKING THE FATHER'S GOODNESS Vss. 17-19

RETURN TO THE FATHER'S FAVOR Vss. 20-21

REINSTATEMENT BY THE FATHER'S GRACE Vss. 22-32

 

 

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Luke 15:20-32

FAMILY SQUABBLE (DISAGREEMENT)

 

There are often disagreements in families. Some are minor. Some are major. In our Lord's parable about "The Prodigal Son" there is a story about a family disagreement between the "righteous son" and the Father.

 

RETURN OF A SON - Vss. 20-24

The Prodigal Son had taken his portion of the family inheritance and spent it on wild living.

When out of money and in desperate straits, he decided to return to his father in repentance. (See Vss. 11-19)

The Father, however, gave the son a royal welcome. He was so delighted that the son had returned.

Part of the welcome was a party where the "fatted calf" was killed.

 

RESENTMENT OF A BROTHER - Vss. 25-30

The brother who hadn't left refused to celebrate.

He was jealous and angry.

 

REMINDER OF A FATHER - Vss. 31-32

The righteous son always had the joy of the Father's presence.

All that the Father had was his.

It was right to rejoice, because someone, who was as good as dead, returned to life! He was lost, but was now found.

 

As Christians we should rejoice when people come to Christ! We should not be resentful that they get attention. The Father has been with us since we came to Christ. All that He has is at our disposal. When a person comes to Christ a person who was spiritually dead is now alive and a person who was Spiritually lost is now found! We are to rejoice!

 

 

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