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For study and reflection, personally or with family, friends, or your small group:
To help get you started, talk about the concept of “rescue.” Other than what God has done for you, have you ever needed to be rescued? What was the situation?
If you were in a disaster situation and were missing, who do you think would come looking for you?
Read Matthew 18:10-14 and discuss the following:
- What would you think if you were one of the 99 and the shepherd left to go looking for the lost one?
- What would you think if you were the lost one?
- When Jesus tells this story, what is he trying to tell us about God? About us?
- How have you been like a lost sheep?
- How has Jesus been like a good Shepherd looking for you?
When have your own preferences, power, place and position gotten in the way of God’s mission to rescue the lost?
During Sunday’s message John said, “I wonder how many of the people who live in Scottsbluff and Gering are trying to see Jesus but can’t because we are in the way.” What do you need to do differently to ensure that you are not “in the way” of people’s desire to see Jesus?
Jesus has rescued you…are you fully-participating in his kingdom? What are some things getting in the way?
How can you join Jesus in his rescue mission?