Summary: This is the third of a three part sermon series I preached during our Month of Missions emphasis. In this particular sermon we considered how the son represents those who willingly and knowingly wander away from God.
MAIN TEXT - Luke 15:11-32
Over the last couple weeks I have attempted to make a case for us to develop a HEART for MISSIONS – especially here in our “Month of Missions!”
In that, I have made it expressly clear that it is all about having a heart that reflects God’s heart!
-Because He is our goal and desire – and we must want to be like Him!
*To have the same passions and desires that He does…
*That, primarily, is to love and reach those who don’t know Him!
THAT, after all, is the meaning of Missions!
→To make an organized effort for the propagation of the Gospel!
That is one of the primary reasons why Jesus came to us in the first place!
Luke 19:10 – “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
-Jesus came to spread the Gospel by SEEKING & SAVING the LOST!!
-These are the Lost Sheep, Lost Coins and the Prodigals!!
→Now, as we have read through Luke 15 together, it has become evident to us that God’s heart is for people; and therefore, His heart is for MISSIONS because He loves the LOST and He is always active in finding the lost all over the earth!
However, we have a part to play in this Great Commission!
-We don’t just rest in the fact that there are Missionaries…
In fact, just in the Assemblies of God alone, we have 2,098 appointed missionaries and 615 missionary associates in 248 countries/territories who are committed to reach all people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ – especially unreached people groups!
Church…there is a role that each of us have as well! Because they can’t do this alone!
→We are responsible to PRAY for these Missionaries and their ministry.
→We need to GIVE in order to FINANCIALLY SUPPORT them in the work they do.
→And as the Lord would enable you, you may even need to GO on a Missions Trip to PARTICIPATE in the work around the world!
→In particular, we are ALL responsible to GO to our world right here around us and reach people for Jesus…
*So, let’s make these a part of our Hearts for Missions!
→Because JESUS FINDS LOST THINGS!!
Jesus is proving that statement to us through His words in Luke 15!
-That He is still a seeking Savior today!! Amen!!
Jesus took time to make this clear to the critical and accusing religious crowd who confronted Him here…
-He shows them His heart as He talked about the foolish lost sheep that the shepherd chases after to find.
-He reveals the heart of the Spirit when He talked of the woman who swept through the house to find one lost coin that had unknowingly dropped to the floor.
And Jesus could have stopped there, and we would have gotten the point – that He finds lost things!!! But JESUS DOESN’T STOP THERE…
And we could also be tempted to think that Jesus was just repeating Himself…
-But there was one more aspect to consider when we think of lost things...
-Primarily because these things were each lost for entirely different reasons!