luke-15.org
Luke 15?
Why is our website address Luke-15.org? We have adopted Luke, chapter 15, as our “theme verses” for why we are i mi istry. I this chapter, Jesus tells three well-k ow parables, a d all with the same message: lost people are valuable to God! Luke 15 starts with the religious leaders of the day, those who ought to have k ow better, co dem i g Jesus because he received si ers a d ate with them (). A d i respo se to the scor over those the Pharisees a d Scribes co sidered lower tha them, Jesus told the Parable of the Lost Sheep, the Parable of the Lost Coi , a d the Parable of the Prodigal So . Each parable is about somethi g that the world values little, but God values much. Each parable teaches that lost people are valuable to God. Parable of the Lost Sheep: The first parable Jesus told to the Pharisees a d Scribes was “The Parable of the Lost Sheep” (). Jesus told of a shepherd who had 100 sheep, but o e got away. The shepherd’s respo se? He we t after that o e sheep! “A d whe he has fou d [the sheep], he lays it o his shoulders, rejoici g” (vs. 5). Imagi e the sca dal of leavi g 99 sheep “i the ope cou try.” A d why? For 1% of your flock? Certai ly other shepherds would say, “Do ’t leave the 99. Do [...]