Lost and Found
With Lead Pastor Drew Shofner
To fulfill our created purpose in 2021, we need to order our inner world and our outer actions from these foundational truths! Everything else flows from a source, and these truths are the source of an eternally successful life.
A. Inward and personal:
- The deepest __________ of my heart is to be __________ by God.
- The deepest __________ of my life is __________ from God.
- The greatest ______ of my life is __________ __________ into God’s presence.
B. Outward and social:
1. The World is ______. (Romans 5:12)
2. God ______ Jesus. (John 3:16)
3. Jesus ______ us. (John 20:21)
Whatever we learn about God changes us; and if it doesn’t change us, then we haven’t learned anything.
Things to know about God:
- God loves lost people!
- He never stops going after them!
- Nothing brings God more joy than when love wins.
Luke 15:1-7 — "Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such sinful people—even eating with them! So Jesus told them this story: “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders. When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’ In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!"
When what I know about God changes my heart:
- I will love lost people.
- I will never stop going after them!
- My greatest joy will be seeing the lost be found in Christ.
Two key questions:
- Am I lost (trusting myself) or found (following Jesus in a life-changing way)?
- Who are the five lost people I’m most “going after” in 2021?
Use the space below to take notes and email them to yourself.