Worth the Risk
What do you see?
The Pharisees see . . . “sinners”.
God sees . . . people who matter to Him.
- The Lost Sheep: The insignificant matter.
- The Lost Coin: The difficult matter.
- The Lost Son: The unworthy matter.
The Response: Celebration
Our goal: In this next school year of 2016-2017, 50% of our church will commit to spending one meal (breakfast, lunch, supper) a month with someone who is far from God for the intentional purpose of building a relationship with them.
Take Home Idea: Take a risk because lost people matter to God.
"Worth the Risk" Small Group Questions
As for “lost and found” items, do you lose more than you find? How so?
Review Pastor Joel's sermon and Take Home Idea. What struck you about the sermon?
What do you have questions about?
Who is in Jesus’ “mixed” audience? How do they each respond to Jesus?
What themes do the three stories have in common? What are the difference in the three stories?
Why do you think the story of the lost son is the longest?
From your understanding of the father what do you think he was doing while he son was away? Why do you think that?
What do you think brings the son to his senses? What is his attitude as he returns to the father?
How does the older brother feel about his younger brothers’ return?
Who in the audience is the younger brother in this parable? Who is the older brother?
How do these three parables answer the Pharisees’ objection in vs 2? What does Jesus want the Pharisees to see?
In light of the context, why does Jesus leave the story open-ended as to how the older brother responded to his father’s plea?
How do these stories make you feel about your value to God?
How do these three stories affect your relationships with non-believers you know?
Close this time sharing and praying together as a group.