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The Joy of Finding the Lost Luke 15:1-10. 1 Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him. 2 And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, "This Man receives sinners and eats with them." 3 So He spoke this parable to them, saying:

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1 Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him.

2 And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, "This Man receives sinners and eats with them."

3 So He spoke this parable to them, saying:

4 "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?

5 "And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

6 "And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!'

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7 "I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.

8 "Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it?

9 "And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!'

10 "Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

Luke 15:1-10

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Three Eternal Truths

    • God Cares
    • God Searches
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Three Eternal Truths

    • God Cares
    • God Searches
    • God Rejoices
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Three Eternal Truths

    • God Cares
    • God Searches
    • God Rejoices
  • Two Parables Which Illustrate This
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The Parable of the Lost Sheep

4 "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?

5 "And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

6 "And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!'

7 "I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance."

Luke 15:1-7

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The Parable of the Lost Sheep

    • Helplessness of lost sheep
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The Parable of the Lost Sheep

    • Helplessness of lost sheep
    • Often do not know they are lost
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The Parable of the Lost Sheep

    • Helplessness of lost sheep
    • Often do not know they are lost
    • They do not know the way back
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The Parable of the Lost Sheep

    • Helplessness of lost sheep
    • Often do not know they are lost
    • They do not know the way back
    • The value of one sheep vs. 99 sheep
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The Parable of the Lost Sheep

    • Helplessness of lost sheep
    • Often do not know they are lost
    • They do not know the way back
    • The value of one sheep vs. 99 sheep
    • Must have someone to find them
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The Parable of the Lost Sheep

    • Helplessness of lost sheep
    • Often do not know they are lost
    • They do not know the way back
    • The value of one sheep vs. 99 sheep
    • Must have someone to find them
    • The joy of finding the lost!
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Parable of the Joyful Shepherd

4 "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?

5 "And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

6 "And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!'

7 "I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.

Luke 15:1-7

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The Parable of the Lost Coin

8 "Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it?

9 "And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!'

10 "Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents." Luke 15:8-10

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The Parable of the Lost Coin

    • First parable: value & compassion
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The Parable of the Lost Coin

    • First parable: value & compassion
    • This parable: value and persistence
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The Parable of the Lost Coin

    • First parable: value & compassion
    • This parable: value and persistence
    • Extreme measures to find the lost
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The Parable of the Lost Coin

    • First parable: value & compassion
    • This parable: value and persistence
    • Extreme measures to find the lost
    • Joy of finding the lost!
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Parable of the Joyful Woman

8 "Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it?

9 "And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!'

10 "Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents." Luke 15:8-10

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Story of the Joyful Church

    • Value of the lost
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Story of the Joyful Church

    • Value of the lost
    • Effort to seek and find the lost
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Story of the Joyful Church

    • Value of the lost
    • Effort to seek and find the lost
  • The happiest experience of life
  • is to be rescued by God
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Story of the Joyful Church

    • Value of the lost
    • Effort to seek and find the lost
  • We should celebrate what
  • heaven celebrates!
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Story of the Joyful Church

    • Value of the lost
    • Effort to seek and find the lost
    • The rest of the story??
what we have done to get the word out is having success
What We Have Done to Get the Word Out Is Having Success
  • House to House/Heart to Heart—this month
  • Mailings to local churches of Christ
  • Mailing to local denominations
  • Mailing to PBCC Eissey Campus Theatre patrons
  • Mailing to local, state & federal gov’t officials
  • Listed on online community calendars
  • Made cards & flyers available for member’s use
  • Ordered car magnets

August 15-17, 2008

what s in the works right now
What’s in the Works Right Now
  • 1/4 page ad in PB Post – run week b/f seminar
  • 60-second radio ads – run one week b/f seminar
  • Banner on side of building – late this week
  • Sending flyers & cards to those who register, so that they can let others know about the seminar

August 15-17, 2008

what s left for us to do
What’s Left for US to Do

1. INVITE OTHERS!

- Use cards, flyers, e-invitation, email web link

2. REGISTER FOR TICKETS YOURSELF!

- To guarantee your seat, bring someone with you

August 15-17, 2008

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A free seminar that explores the Christian heritage of America from its very beginning to its dismantling in today’s culture

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Joy in Heaven

    • Believe John 3:16
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Joy in Heaven

    • Believe John 3:16
    • Repent Acts 2:38
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Joy in Heaven

    • Believe John 3:16
    • Repent Acts 2:38
    • Confess Faith Rom. 10:10
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Joy in Heaven

    • Believe John 3:16
    • Repent Acts 2:38
    • Confess Faith Rom. 10:10
    • Be Baptized Mark 16:16
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Joy in Heaven

    • Believe John 3:16
    • Repent Acts 2:38
    • Confess Faith Rom. 10:10
    • Be Baptized Mark 16:16
  • Added to His church, His body, His kingdom
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Joy in Heaven

    • Believe John 3:16
    • Repent Acts 2:38
    • Confess Faith Rom. 10:10
    • Be Baptized Mark 16:16
  • Added to His church, His body, His kingdom
    • Be Faithful Rev. 2:10