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Delivered By
Pastor Will Lott
Delivered On
March 5, 2017 at 11:00 AM
Central Passage
Luke 15:8-10
Once Upon a Time... Stories from Jesus

Jesus taught a lot using stories we call parables.  A parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning.

Have you ever misplaced something of great value and worth? 


TEXT:  Luke 15:1-3; 8-10

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:

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.”

The Response…

Greek word for "welcomes" literally means to "receive as a friend." This was Jesus’ attitude toward those who were lost in sin. Vastly different from the Pharisees’ view of such people.

In Jesus’ day, to eat with someone was more than sharing a meal together. It was a convenantal experience.  Jesus would eat with anyone and everyone, including the worst of the worst in the Pharisees eyes… because He cared for them.

In these stories in Luke 15 Jesus shows us who God is and how He feels about lost people – He is compassionate toward them, searching for them.


The House Plan…

  • Small - hotel room with a kitchenette size
  • Main building material was basalt or volcanic rock
    • Dark grey or black in color
  • Most homes had no windows


The Coin…

Out of sight but not out of mind of the owner. 

  • The coin represents us
  • We are God’s treasured possession

Being unaware of being lost is sinful man’s worst problem!


This coin was very valuable to the woman.

Notice that she calls the coin “my lost coin” (Luke 15:9).  She still claimed it as her own, even though it was lost.  Every person has an inherent value, a living soul, made in God’s image. 

The coin was lost from its purpose.  If we are careless, we too can get lost spiritually and disconnected from God.


The Woman…

She searched until she found it (Luke 15:8).  She never gave up.

It takes great effort to find that which is lost, especially for people that are lost spiritually.


Jesus notes specifically that the woman continued seeking for the lost item until she found it. She was persistent.

We must be too.  If people don’t respond immediately to our witnessing attempts, don’t give up and walk away.  Continue to pray.  It takes time.


If a sheep or coin was valuable enough to persistently search for, then people who are spiritually lost are too valuable to give up on.


The Joy…

Luke 15:9

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!’


Do you feel like a lost coin? God is searching for you today.