Jesus and “the Lost”

Ice Breakers

If you could choose anyone else’s life to live (non-fiction), whose would you choose and why?

Have you ever walked into a setting and immediately felt completely out of place? Share the experience.

Thoughts on Sunday’s teaching…

Review together Sunday’s teaching on Luke 15:1-10 talking about God’s heart for things/people that are lost.

Have someone fill the rest of the group in on what Doug spoke about with a couple minute summary.

What stood out to you from the message?

What bothered you about the message?


Jesus didn’t just associate with the worst and most notorious of sinners, he shared life and meals with these people. In that time and culture, sharing a meal was an invitation into friendship.
We all have people that we don’t care for, that we don’t like, or that we feel like we have little to nothing in common with…

  • How do we currently treat those people?
  • What would it look like to befriend them in your context and in our culture?
  • What would it look like to have people over to your house for dinner who you have little in common with, including their faith beliefs?

Jesus says that his mission was to seek out people who are far from God. So we expect him to do stuff like that. But he passed that heart and mission along to us.

  • What are ways in which you’ve embraced that mission and reach out to people far from God?
  • How do you keep that mindset and heart of compassion?
  • What would it look like to step into that mission and mindset further?
  • What boundaries are helpful for you? Which ones are hindering you?

Next Steps

After brainstorming what that looks like…

  • What’s one simple, easy step that you could do to grow in your compassion and interaction with people far from God?
  • Share it with each other and check back in on it next week.