SERIES: Getting Life Into Focus
TITLE: “Developing The Right Focus Toward The Lost”
TEXT: Luke 15:11-32
ETS: The elder brother is rebuke for his attitude toward his brother’s return.
ESS: Christians need to develop the right focus toward the lost.
OSS: Believers will commit to working with God to win the lost.
PQ: What do I need to do in order to develop the right focus toward the lost?
I. RECOGNIZE THE DANGEROUS POSITION OF THE LOST MAN (VSS. 11-21)
A. The lost man has chosen the pathway of rebellion against the Father (vss. 11-13a).
1. Romans 3:23; 5:12
B. The lost man has chosen the pathway of personal destruction (vss. 13b-16).
1. Romans 6:23
C. The lost man must choose to turn from the pathway he has chosen in order to be saved (vss. 17-21)..
1. Luke 13:3
II. REFLECT ON THE HEARTBEAT OF THE FATHER TOWARD THE LOST MAN (VSS. 22-24).
A. The Father’s heartbeat is one of love and compassion toward the lost man (vss. 20).
1. John 3:16; Rom. 5:8
B. The Father’s heartbeat is readiness to receive the confession and repentance of the lost man (vss. 21-22).
1. Matthew 11:28
2. Luke 19:10
C. The Father’s heartbeat is one of joy when the lost man comes home (vss. 23-24).
1. Luke 15:7
III. REJOICE IN THE MIRACLE OF REDEMPTION (VSS. 25-32).
A. Rejoice with the father over the redemption of the lost man (vss. 25-28).
1. Luke 15:10
B. Reject the self focus that breeds jealousy (vss. 29-31).
C. Rejoice over the reality of what has happened to the lost man who has been redeemed (vs.32).
1. Phil. 4:21
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