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Pastor Tim Swigarts Blog

Missio Dei is a Contemporary Baptist Church located in historic Galena IL. Senior Pastor Tim Swigart shares his thoughts on numerous topics concerning the church.

Lost Sheep

Timothy Swigart

In Luke chapter 15, we see Jesus confronting the religious folks of His day concerning their self-righteous attitudes and their lack of concern for lost people. Rather than rejoice when lost people came to God through Jesus' ministry, the religious leaders were incensed. Luke explains:

"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.'" (Luke 15:1-7)

Clearly, God has a heart for people who have lost their way. Our desire is to be a church that opens its arms to those who have been beaten up by life. We value all people regardless of their religious standing. We wish to minister to all people leading them to take their next step toward Christ together. Why? Because that's what we see Jesus doing throughout the Gospels.

This week, our small group will be studying the above passage. We'll see how we, too, can be on mission with Christ in our community. Please feel free to drop in. We'd love to host you!