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Lostology - Luke 15:1-7 - Dr. Dave Adams

1Now the tax collectors and "sinners" were all gathering around to hear him.  2But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them." 3Then Jesus told them this parable: 4"Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.' 7I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”

Who are the Lost?

  1. Sinners
  2. Tax Collectors
  3. Pharisees
  4. Scribes
  5. Disciples

What are the characteristics of the lost?

  1. Don’t know they’re lost.
  2. Are happy being lost,
  3. Don’t seek to be found,
  4. Enjoy the company of others who are lost, and
  5. Don’t understand the consequences of being lost.

How are the lost discovered?

  1. God knows where they are,
  2. He seeks them out,
  3. He invites them to come, and
  4. He carries them home.

Results of Lost Being Found

  1. Intimacy with the Savior (now & eternity),
  2. Celebration among the family,
  3. Joy In heaven, and
  4. Confidence about eternity