Lessons

God’s Heart for Those Who Don’t Know Him

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Describe a time in your life when you or someone you knew was lost or missing. What happened?  How did you feel?  How did you and those around you respond?

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Summary: God invites us to be involved in the search for His missing children.

Read Luke 15:1-10 and ask the following questions:

  1. What do you like about this passage?
  2. What do you find uncomfortable or difficult to understand in this passage?
  3. What appears to be the main idea emphasized in this passage? (Look for repeated words or ideas.)

Consider how the following passages increase our understanding of this topic:

A. Read John 3:16-18

  1. What will happen to those who not believe in Jesus?
  2. What are your initial thoughts and feelings about these verses?

B. Read John 14:6.

  1. How are people able to have an eternal relationship with God the Father?
  2. What are your initial thoughts on Jesus’ claim?

C. Read Matthew 9:35-38.

  1. What’s the difference between how Jesus views people who don’t know him and how you view them?
  2. What was Jesus’ response to their condition?


4. What are the beliefs and values promoted in these passages?

5. What do they reveal about our human condition and God’s response?

6. How are these beliefs and values similar or different from those that have influenced you? (such as your family, culture, peers, church, etc.)

7. How might our faith increase and our lives change as we embrace what is true and important?

8. In light of what we’ve discussed, how can we pray for each other right now?

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Since we last met, what happened as a result of expressing Christ’s love to others?

How can you, or we, express Christ’s love to others this week?

Here are a few ideas:

  • Pray God would meet their deepest needs.
  • Help meet a felt need they have.
  • Encourage them with a text, note or verbally.
  • Give them a thoughtful gift or buy them coffee.
  • Invite them to do something fun or meaningful.
  • Listen to their story.
  • Explore their thoughts on the gospel.

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