What should be my attitude toward non-Christians?

March 19, 2006 - Share His Love
Focal Passage: Luke 15:1-32
Life Question: What should be my attitude toward non-Christians?
Biblical Truth: God desires that all people come to know Jesus as Savior and Lord.

o Are there things you lose on a regular basis?
o How do you feel when something is lost?
o Do you ever think you lost something, then find it where you really left it?

Today's lesson is about the lost sheep and the lost son.

Luke 15:3-7
What were the potential problems facing a sheep that is separated from its flock?
Danger from predators, inability to return to the flock on their own, inability to find nourishment (helplessness), etc.

o Did you ever get lost as a kid, perhaps in the mall or large area?
o Did you even know you were lost until your parents told you?
o How did your parents feel?
o What did they do?
They searched until they found you. They celebrated. They were thrilled to find you - just like the shepherd who found his sheep. He even called the neighbors to come help him celebrate.
o Do we share in the joy of others salvation, or are we like Jonah and resent them being let off the hook so easily?
o Do our views of the lost more closely match those of the Pharisees, or those of Christ?

Luke 15:11-16
o What are some possible motivations for the son asking for the estate?
o Do college kids use any of these motives for going to college?
o Why are young people resistant to advice from others?
o Why is it easier to feel sympathy for a helpless lost sheep than for a disobedient person who has messed up his own life? Is it because their problems are of their own making or is it something else? Do we tend to be a little self-righteous in those situations?

Luke 15:17-24
The prodigal son came to himself and realized his father's hired servants had it better than he did. So he rehearsed all these excuses for the Father to take him back. But he didn't get a chance to use them. The Bible says the Father was filled with compassion, threw his arms around, and kissed him. He sent for a new robe, a ring, sandals, and killed the fattened calf to welcome him home.

The Bible says in Luke 15:7 "I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance."

Think about this: The one person I would rather NOT spend eternity with would be ????

Pray for God's heart and compassion for that person to become your heart and compassion. Then pray for the opportunity to express this compassion to that person.
 
o How many sheep did the shepherd seek?
If you know Christ as your Savior and Lord, you were once that lost sheep.

o What can you begin to do today to start this process of sharing His love with those around you?