Jul. 03, 2022
What If I’m Lost?
July 2 & 3, 2022
Primary Text: Luke 19:9-10
Previous Teaching: What If I’m a Pharisee?
1) Superior Righteousness
Matthew 5:20: For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.
DQ 1) What was the righteousness of the Pharisees?
Matthew 23:1-3: Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: "The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat. So you must obey them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.
DQ 2) What is a hypocrite? Why are church people often called hypocrites by outsiders?
3) By The Measure
Matthew 7:1-5: Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you…. You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.
DQ 3) What makes a person a Pharisee? Can an individual be a part-time Pharisee?
This Week’s Teachings
1) To Seek and Save
Luke 19:9-10: Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost."
DQ 1) What did Jesus come to seek and save?
DQ 2) What does it mean to be lost?
2) Lost and Found
Luke 15:22-24, 31-32: "But the father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.'… "'My son,' the father said, 'you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.'"
Luke 15:3-7: 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.
DQ 3) When did the prodigal son realize he was “lost”?
3) Lost but Aware
Psalm 119:173-176: May your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen your precepts. I long for your salvation, O LORD, and your law is my delight. Let me live that I may praise you, and may your laws sustain me. I have strayed like a lost sheep. Seek your servant, for I have not forgotten your commands.
Psalm 73:1-3: Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
DQ 4) What should I do if I realize I’ve gone astray and lost my footing?
4) Home but Still Lost
Jeremiah 50:6: My people have been lost sheep; their shepherds have led them astray and caused them to roam on the mountains. They wandered over mountain and hill and forgot their own resting place.
Ezekiel 34:15-16: I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down, declares the Sovereign LORD. I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice.
DQ 5) In what ways does God always shepherd His sheep?