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Summary: This message challenges the people of God to be willing to endure the same criticism our Lord endured from those who are modern day Pharisees - "He eats with sinners". We are challenged to touch the live of those in the "wrong crowd" with the message of

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(Elab = Elaborate point)

(Trans = Transition)

Luke 15:1-7

15:1 Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him.

2 And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, "This Man receives sinners and eats with them."

3 So He spoke this parable to them, saying:

4 "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which 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 neighbors, saying to them, ’Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’

7 "I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.

(Intro) The life of Jesus is to some a lesson in contradiction. For them, our Lord’s Life simply is filled with messages that on the surface seem to conflict with one another. For example, how can one really love their enemies, or do good to them that treat them with evil intentions? (Elab – It seems that His message is contradictory)

Often times Jesus found himself contradicting the religious leaders of His day. They were saying one thing, but then along would come Jesus and challenge them to go beyond there self-imposed limitations. (Elab – This is God’s pattern, to take us beyond our self imposed limits.)

The Church of today has sadly seemed to retreat to the thinking that it is contradictory to go after or associate ourselves with those who are not like us. (Elab – This is evidenced by the seemingly closed secret society some of us have created and maintained)

Yet our Lord was just the opposite, He was so into saving the lost that he was accused of hanging with the wrong crowd. (Elab)

(Trans) It is true that many of us are hanging with the wrong crowd, but the problem is that our purpose is not the same as our Lord’s. Jesus hung out with sinners for one reason only – to get them saved. His goal was and is to impact their lives with His life-changing message. He was a friend to sinners in that He was and is determined to see them saved. (Elab)

The Pharisees of yesterday and the Pharisees of today share the same common thought process – the church is no place for sinners. But on the contrary, the church, in order to change lives, must be a hospital that seeks those who need healing. (Elab)

Notice the response of Jesus to their criticism: (the Parable of the Lost Sheep)

(Elab – purpose of parables)

What they said:

2 And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, "This Man receives sinners and eats with them."

This parable teaches us:

I. God is Diligent in His Effort to Reach the Lost

4 "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?

A. God does not rest on His laurels. (Elab)

B. He is concerned about every one of His sheep. (Elab)

C. He does not rest until the lost is found. (Elab)


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Phillip Wright

commented on Feb 3, 2007

Brother Dix, I liked your message, you have a clear manner of writing and explaining the material. Great work. Phil

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