One Person’s Junk is Another’s Treasure

One Person’s Junk is Another’s Treasure

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Title: One Person’s Junk is Another’s Treasure
Speaker: Pastor Greg Pollak

Introduction:

  • Laura Pollak likes to go junking, which is looking at other people’s junk and finding value in it.
    • She see’s someone in junk where others just see junk
    • This passage shows that what people see as junk Jesus often sees of value
  • If Jesus were to show up in many churches today would he be asked to leave?
    • The company He keeps
    • His appearance
    • His background
    • Would people see Jesus as junk or of value?
    • – chased out the business in the temple (money changers)
    • – defended an adulteress
  • Jesus is no ordinary man, He is the God man and He loves people
  • Jesus finds those who have lost their way (everyone)
  • Jesus can be a treasure for those who find Him

Sermon Outline:

Three things that we see about this passage that God is showing us His mercy and grace…

  • God Loves the Lost ()
    • Jewish people saw tax collectors as the worse of the worse
      • Collected taxes for Rome considered an enemy of Israel
      • They saw them as lost souls from the promises of God
    • Jesus welcomed these tax collectors and ate with them (vs. 2)
    • If you desire to share the gospel with someone you know you have to…
      • Love them
      • Spend time with them
  • God Redeems the Lost ()
    • We need Christ’s righteousness in order to be saved.
    • Our own righteousness will never save us.
    • We need the redemption Christ offers.
    • The 99 persons who Jesus refers to in refer to the Pharisees.
      • People who don’t think they need redemption, repentance or Christ’s righteousness
      • If you see yourself as a good person than you are lost and Jesus needs to find you.
    • Rejoicing and joy are used 10 times in
      • Jesus rejoices when a sinner who repents.
  • God is Seeking the Lost ()

Small Group Questions:

  • How do you think people would respond to Jesus if He showed at High Pointe Church one Sunday morning?
  • Read .  Why was Jesus spending time with tax collectors and why were the Pharisees condemning Jesus for doing so?  What can we as Christian’s learn from this?
  • Read the parable of the lost sheep. () Discuss what this parable explains to us about Jesus.
  • Read .  Discuss what Jesus means by “righteous persons who need no repentance”. Who are these people who do not need repentance? Who do you know today who falls into this category?
  • Read .  Discuss what the parable of the “Lost Coin” means.  How does God sweep and see the lost today?

15:1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”

So he told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

“Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ 10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (ESV)

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39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.” (ESV)

10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (ESV)

17 And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” (ESV)

36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. (ESV)

15:1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” (ESV)

So he told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. (ESV)

O Israel, hope in the Lord!
For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
and with him is plentiful redemption.
And he will redeem Israel
from all his iniquities. (ESV)

38 And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem. (ESV)

Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. (ESV)

15:1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”

So he told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

“Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ 10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (ESV)

“Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ 10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (ESV)

15:1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” (ESV)

So he told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. (ESV)

Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. (ESV)

“Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ 10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (ESV)