Lost to be Found

“Lost to be Found”

Often God allows us to become lost, so we can be found.

“The Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost” Luke 19:10 NLT

The Lost Parables

  1. The Lost Sheep- (Luke 15:4-7) NLT
  • The shepherd with 100 sheep, left and risked the other 99 who were found (or righteous) to seek and save the one that was lost.
  • Once the lost sheep is found, the shepherd returns home and celebrates, and tells everyone the good news.
  • Jesus is obsessed with the lost.


  1. The Lost Coin- (Luke 15: 8-10) NLT
  • A woman has 10 coins, she loses one.
  • Instead of saying oh well, I have 9 more, she becomes determined to seek and save the one that was
  • Jesus is obsessed with the lost.

Just as a coin gets its value from the government whose seal is stamped on it, so your value comes from the God whose image is emblazoned on your life.”—Rich Wilkerson, Jr.

  1. The Lost Sons- (Luke 15: 11-31) NLT

A man had two sons: Sin vs. Religion

  • The Prodigal- asked for his inheritance in advance, left home to “live it up”, quickly became broke,
    • ( v 17)- he “came to his senses”, returns home to ask father for a job, expects to be met with rebuke and judgement, instead
    • (v 20)- “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him”


“When you turn toward him, he runs toward you.” Rich Wilkerson, Jr.


  • (v 22-24)- Father demands a celebration, for my son “he was lost, but now he is found”.
  • The Golden Son- the patient responsible brother, worked hard, approved by all, sure to inherit his share eventually.
    • (v 25-27)- Stays in the field, receive the message from a servant that his brother has returned.
    • (v 28)- the brother becomes angry, refuses to greet his brother, but the Father came to Him and begged him to come inside to celebrate.
    • (v 32)- For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!
  • Jesus is obsessed with the lost.

Quotes & Notes:

“Even though someone/something may be lost, in the eyes of Jesus the value remains or increases, but never decreases”

“If the younger brother is a picture of the deception of sin, the older brother is a picture of the deception of religion.” – Rich Wilkerson, Jr.

“Instead of getting our value from the word, we try to get out value from the world” –Rich Wilkerson, Jr.