9 / 11 Worship Service
Delivered By
Pastor Doug Groen and LaVerne Wiginton Accompanist
Delivered On
September 11, 2016 at 10:00 AM
Central Passage
Luke 15:1-10
In God We Trust

Luke 15:1-10

The Story of the Lost Sheep

15 The tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law were whispering among themselves. They said, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

Then Jesus told them a story. He said, “Suppose one of you has 100 sheep and loses one of them. Won’t he leave the 99 in the open country? Won’t he go and look for the one lost sheep until he finds it?When he finds it, he will joyfully put it on his shoulders and go home. Then he will call his friends and neighbors together. He will say, ‘Be joyful with me. I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you, it will be the same in heaven. There will be great joy when one sinner turns away from sin. Yes, there will be more joy than for 99 godly people who do not need to turn away from their sins.

The Story of the Lost Coin

“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and sweep the house? Won’t she search carefully until she finds the coin? And when she finds it, she will call her friends and neighbors together. She will say, ‘Be joyful with me. I have found my lost coin.’ 10 I tell you, it is the same in heaven. There is joy in heaven over one sinner who turns away from sin.”


Pastor's Summary of Psalm 14

This psalm laments the breakdown of moral order. "Fools" are not atheists, but rather those who deny that God is concerned with human behavior. (Proverbs 10:23 contrasts the "fool" with the "person of understanding".) To the psalmist, the world is full of such fools, people who are "corrupt" (v. 1) and do terrible things.  God, he says, sees no one who seeks to follow God's ways (v. 2). V. 4 asks: do these wicked people not understand God at all? (Micah 3:2-3 too speaks of preying on the godly as eating them. ) But (v. 5) the ungodly will be "in dire alarm" (Revised English Bible), for God is in the community of those who follow his ways.  Even though the godly seem to be under the thumb of the deviants, God will protect them. Oh that God, whose earthly residence in the Temple ("Zion", v. 7) would deliver the oppressed from the ungodly! When he does, all Israel, Jacob's descendants, will rejoice.