“Search Parties for the Lost”, Sunday, January 28, 2018, 8:45 a.m.
Luke 15:1-7 (NIV)
The Parable of the Lost Sheep
15 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
3 Then Jesus told them this parable: 4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
“Father in Heaven! What is man without thee! What is all that he knows, vast accumulation though it be, but a chipped fragment if he does not know thee! What is all this striving, could it even encompass a world, but a half-finished work, if he does not know thee: thee the One, who art one thing and who art all! Father in Heaven! Set us ablaze to lead lost people to thy Son!”
Soren Kierkegaard, early 19th century Christian theologian