The Heart behind the Hand
|Luke 15 (NKJV™)|
|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.|
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None of us can reach everyone. We can’t touch and change every person in the world. But we can pray for, be patient with, love on, witness to, and reach just one. When we talk about our vision to reach the world, perhaps we need to think smaller. Maybe we should think about one person we can pursue for the glory of Jesus Christ. Today we consider that as we look at one of Jesus’ most famous parables: The Parable of the Lost Sheep.
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Connect Recap Notes: February 17, 2019 Path
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "The Heart behind the Hand"
Text: Luke 15:1-7
PathNone of us can reach everyone. We can't touch and change every person in the world. But we can pray for, be patient with, love on, witness to, and reach just one. When we talk about our vision to reach the world, perhaps we need to think smaller. Maybe we should think about one person we can pursue for the glory of Jesus Christ. Today we consider that as we look at one of Jesus' most famous parables: The Parable of the Lost Sheep.
Running (v. 4a)
Reconnaissance (v. 4b)
Recovery (v. 5a)
Rejoicing (vv. 5b-7)
Connect Up: What do the parables of Jesus show you about the person and work of God? In theology, one aspect of this purpose is called divine economy, the mission and vision of God within the Godhead. Here are a few characteristics to discuss:
Connect In: Which ministries within the local church help to underscore the truth of " the heart behind the hand"? Take a moment to discuss how each ministry is related to reaching out to people, then pray for each ministry by name and function. Some of the ministries of Calvary Church can be found here: calvaryabq.org/getinvolved.asp
Connect Out: It is often asked if the Bible calls us to pray for the unsaved. As stated in All About Prayer1, the answer is yes: "in Matthew 9:36-38, Jesus tells His disciples that there are many unsaved people throughout the world. He encouraged them to pray that God would provide people to share the gospel with them. God desires that all people learn the truth of salvation. 1 Timothy 2:3-4 says, 'This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.'" Take a moment to pray for the one person that came to mind, asking God for you to reach out to their heart, grasping his or her hand for the kingdom.
1All About Prayer, "Pray for the Unsaved", https://www.allaboutprayer.org/pray-for-the-unsaved-faq.htm, accessed 02/18/19.
"The Heart behind the Hand"
Figures referenced: Augustine
Cross references: Genesis 3:9; Psalm 28:9; Isaiah 53:6; Ezekiel 34:11-16; Matthew 18:12; Luke 19:10; Ephesians 2:1
Topic: the parable of the lost sheep
Keywords: found, hand, heart, joy, lost, one, reconnaissance, recovery, rejoicing, running, salvation, search