Summary: A series on the Lost
What’s It Like To Being Lost?
Intro: There is one thing Christians and non-Christians agree on – they both dislike evangelism. The word alone conjures up images of “in your face” confrontation. Therefore Christians usually avoid gospel showdowns and most of the non-Christians are relieved they do.
You see, Christians are afraid to evangelize the lost because they don’t know what it means to be lost. The lost have no clue that they need to be evangelized so both remain fat and happy in their ignorance.
The truth is, however, Jesus spent most of His time evangelizing and teaching on evangelism. Today we are going to look at a very familiar passage of scripture. A passage of Scripture where Jesus teaches on being Lost.
[Read Lk 15:11-24/Pray/Dismiss Jr Church]
When evangelism is attempted it rarely begins with “in your shoes” empathy. If Christians really understood the spiritually lost people around us we would talk about our faith more naturally. Evangelism would be more of a conversation and less of a high-pressure sales pitch.
Unfortunately we Christians don’t understand the lost so we avoid the topic of our faith when around them. We don’t know what they think or how they feel, so we don’t know how to help them. We know what they need – a personal relationship with Jesus – but we cannot get the conversation started. So we often say nothing.
But there is a simple way we Christians can understand and help spiritually lost people. Its called learn from the time we got lost.
Jesus, in describing His mission no earth said, “…the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Lk 19:10). Being lost means we have a destination – to be reconciled to God. But we are lost on our journey until we get saved.
Many of us have been saved so long that we can remember what it was like before we were saved or maybe we were saved so young that we can’t remember not being saved. So as we look at the lost today I want you to remember a time in your life when you got lost. Maybe it was while on vacation or maybe you were on a business trip. All of us have been lost at some point and if we think back to the time we can learn something about the spiritually lost.
I. Being Lost Can Be Fun
A. Do you agree with any of these statements?
1. The lost are miserable
2. Felt-needs plague them
3. They struggle to build relationships
4. Nothing they do fills their empty lives with meaning
5. Aware of their sin, they run from God
6. They fear death and worry about eternity
B. What we believe about the lost determines how we attempt to share the gospel with them
1. If you agreed with any or all of my statements you are like I used to be – unaware of the truth about the lost
2. Because of my lack of understanding of the lost my attempts to evangelism was more ineffective than not.
C. Look at our text.
1. Once he got his inheritance it says that “…not many days after [getting his inheritance he] journeyed to a far county and wasted his substance with riotous living”
2. His life was all about him –