If you go to church regularly, you will likely be regularly exposed to teachings on major Christian topics such as grace, faith, gifts of the Holy Spirit, and salvation. You might spend weeks or months studying one of those topics.
There are probably many times you have heard a Scripture and said to yourself, “I wish someone would give me a short lesson on a particular word or topic. Not a long treatise, but enough to get a better understanding.” The purpose of this series is to do that for a wide variety of topics. For that reason, some of these videos are shorter than the typical Eyewitness episodes.
As we often caution, we are not trying to add to what the Bible says, we are trying to add context that will help you understand the Bible better. So, please read the applicable Scriptures in the study guides for these stories so you will know exactly what the Bible says.
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Luke 15 has three “lost” parables of Jesus. Luke 15:1-3 says Jesus was being surrounded by tax collectors and sinners to hear him. Disapproving religious leaders complain that he welcomes sinners. It seems Jesus tells three parables to his main audience, but likely tells them loudly enough that his peripheral audience can hear them, too.
Luke 15:4-6 tells the parable of the lost sheep. A shepherd has 100 sheep but one goes missing. The shepherd leaves the 99 to find the lost sheep. Upon finding it, he rejoices with his friends and neighbors. Per Luke 15:7, the lesson is that there is more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than 99 who do not need to repent. The implication is that the person who is lost has gotten lost by choice, but knowing that, the Lord still goes to the effort to bring the lost person back.
Luke 15:8-9 tells of the parable of the lost coin. A woman loses a coin in her house and has search with great care to find it. Upon finding it, she rejoices with her friends and neighbors. One lesson is the woman has to search in the right place and in the right way to find the coin. Per Luke 15:10, Jesus says that the repentance of just one sinner causes the angels of God to rejoice. One sinner is a very valuable thing to recover.