Do you have anything that you tend to lose on a regular basis? (phone, keys, etc)
What is the most expensive thing you have ever lost? How did you feel when you couldn’t find it?
What is the most valuable thing you own? How would you feel if it got lost? How would you feel if your dog got out and you couldn’t find it?
Then Jesus told them this parable: “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? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I 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. -Luke 15:3-7
In this parable, Jesus talks about finding lost sheep.
- What does it mean for someone to be lost?
- What does it mean for someone to be found?
On Wednesday PJ said, “lost sheep are hurting sheep.” When sheep (people) are away from the Shepherd (Christ) they are hurting.
- Have you ever had a time when you felt far away from the Shepherd?
- Do you ever feel hurt for those that don’t know Christ?
We are supposed to be helping the lost become found. What are some practical ways we can do this?
Our vision at Amplify is to create a place where the unconnected get connected —(where he lost get found).
- In what ways are we doing a good job at this?
- How could we do better?
- How could you help us do this better?
In order to connect people, we must invite new people, involve them in what we are doing, and inspire them toward Christ. Have you done any of these things? What was your experience?
This week we are beginning a “plus 1 challenge” with all the discipleship groups. The challenge is to add one person to your group in the next 3 weeks. Find someone in our church that is not in a group or bring someone that has never been to Grace Church. The goal is for them to become a permanent part of your group. Discuss with your group how you can meet this challenge!