The text is given below for you to read in preparation. You may reflect on the questions following and submit input for the Sunday message through the comments.
May God's blessing be upon your reading and reflecting on these words of Scripture. May you grow in your discipleship as you become engaged with God's saving and life-giving word for you.
Luke 15:1-10 Now all the tax-collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him.And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, ‘This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.’ He told them this parable: ‘Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, “Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.” Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance.
‘Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it?When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, “Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.” Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.’ NRSV
Discipleship Questions for Reflection
What stands out for you in these parables?
What do you notice about the persistence or passion in finding what is lost?
How passionate are you in seeking to connect with the unchurched?
How do you think a congregation can move more in this direction?