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The Gospel according to Luke | LOST
Luke 15 |  May 2010
       Lost sheep, treasure & sons.  


Lost | the older brother

Date: 10.05.16
Speaker: Kris Martens
Texts: Luke 15:25-32
Title: Lost | the older brother

I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness. - Isaiah 61:10

I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness,
Isaiah 61:10

Luke 15 contains three of the most famous & profoundly Gospel-centred stories Jesus tells in Lukes account: lost sheep, lost treasure & lost sons. Last week we looked at the rebellious younger son: his character, his requests - and the Fathers gracious response...throwing a party for his return. But the story of the prodigal sons doesnt end with a party. Almost half the story is about the older brothers response - revealing his profound lostness.
This week well look specifically at the older brothers condition, the signs that demonstrate it (so we can recognize them in ourselves), and what we can do about them. Most importantly, well see Jesus as the necessary, true & perfect older brother.
My prayer is that through the story of this father & son - well have our sin, idolatry & religious folly exposed - and be encouraged by the response of the father, and the wonder of grace. May we see ourselves as sheep, treasure & prodigals, and may we see God as the Ultimate Prodigal: recklessly extravagant - having spent everything for us.

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Lost | the younger brother

Date: 10.05.09
Speaker: Kris Martens
Texts: Luke 15:11-24
Title: Lost | the younger son

I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness. - Isaiah 61:10

Luke 15 contains three of the most famous and profoundly Gospel-centred stories Jesus tells in Luke's account: lost sheep, lost treasure & lost sons. Last week we looked at the audience Jesus shared with - tax collectors, sinners & the religious - and their response to Jesus searching for lost sheep & treasure.
This week Jesus delves into what is probably his most famous parable, that of the prodigal sons. In vv.11-24 Jesus exposes the sin of the younger brother - the rebellious & passionate one who runs away and then returns to the father. We'll look specifically at the request of this son - to have his share of his father's estate, and what it meant in his culture. More importantly, we'll explore the father's response to the request & to the return of his wayward son.
My prayer is that through the story of this father & son - we'll have our sin, idolatry & religious folly exposed - and be encouraged by the response of the father, and the wonder of grace. May we see ourselves as sheep, treasure & prodigals, and may we see God as the Ultimate Prodigal: recklessly extravagant - having spent everything for us.

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Lost | Sheep and Treasure

Date: 10.05.02
Speaker: Kris Martens
Texts: Luke 15:1-10
Title: Lost | Sheep & Treasure

We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. - re: Jesus, Isaiah 53:6

Luke 15 contains three of the most famous and profoundly Gospel-centred stories Jesus tells in Luke's account: lost sheep, lost treasure, and lost sons. Over the next 3 weeks we'll look at the idea of being LOST and of being FOUND, and we'll explore the character of the Pursuer and the pursued. In the first section (vv.1-10), Jesus teaches on lost sheep and a lost coin, but the key factor is His audience - consisting of sinners, tax collectors, pharisees and scribes. Their presence and cultural significance in the 1st century have profound implications to our own walk as spiritual seekers and sojourners. That this conversation happens should push us to rethink our life, purpose and meaning.
My prayer is that, as we become the audience, Jesus would destroy any categories or assumptions we have regarding sin, the Gospel, salvation and the Kingdom of God - and that we would see Jesus as the Great Shepherd, and as the Forgiving Father who searches for lost sinners and throws extravagant parties when they're found. May we see ourselves as sheep, treasure and prodigals, and may we see God as the Ultimate Prodigal; recklessly extravagant - having spent everything for us.

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