Today’s Passage: Luke 15:1-10
Opening Prayer: Father God, thank you for relentlessly seeking after those who love you but have wandered from your side. We can get distracted and stray from the chosen path to follow you. May You draw us close. May You keep us from all harm. May we sense Your presence and know You are with us. In Jesus’ name, I pray all these things and more. Amen.
Opening Song: Chris Tomlin – Goodness, Love And Mercy (Lyric Video)
Message [used with permission from A Sermon for Every Sunday]: The Lord Is My Seeking Shepherd and Sweeper: I Shall Not Be Lost by Scott Spencer, New Testament professor.
Most of us can recite Psalm 23 from memory…”The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want…” In today’s sermon from Luke 15:1-10, New Testament scholar, author, professor, and preacher, Scott Spencer, gives us a different perspective on the 23rd Psalm. He says, “The Lord is my seeking shepherd and sweeper, I shall not be lost.” He continues, “Such a composite picture expands our vision of God alongside the familiar shepherd image from Psalm 23 and the father figure from the final lost parable (the Prodigal Son).” Listen as Spencer explains the connection between the three parables and the 23rd Psalm and how it can impact the way we view God as shepherd in our lives.
Closing Song: Lauren Daigle – Rescue (Official Music Video)
Closing Prayer: Father God, thank You for loving us and for drawing us near. Where can we go from Your presence, Lord God? May we know we will never be lost. May we know that, wherever we go or whenever we wander away from You, You will find us. You will rescue us. Praise Your holy name. Amen.
Epilogue: Shepherd (Official Lyric Video) – Amanda Cook | Brave New World