Sermon Notes on Kevin DeYoung‘s Talk at The Gospel Coalition Conference 2013
(1) The Context (Parable)
Tax Collectors and Sinners chilling w Jesus – Pharisees unhappy
Sinners – those not following the law (not good Jews)
Tax Collectors – people who paid Rome in order to have the right to collect taxes (were seen as cheats, swindled ppl out of money for profit ) – bid on what they thought they could collect.
Picture Jesus sitting w Judges ruling against Christians, hanging with scientists, atheists(?)
(2) Characters – 3 main Characters – Analogy is w the attitude portrayed, “How much more is God than this?”
A, Shepherd – God seeks sinners
God is active in this process
B. A Woman searching for her money diligently – Searching like a mom (find what is lost)
C. Father and his son – goes out to his son while he was a long way off. God is seeking people to save them
In every City – God is seeking
(The mission Field of the last century is booming – Have we been bad stewards while our shepherd sought the lost?)
Zaccheus – The son of man came to seek and to save the lost
*The Point: God rejoices when the lost one is found! Divine Joy – It is public – it is shared, there is eye contact, it overflows
Godly vs Worldly grief (repentance vs shame)
1. Lets be mindful of the relationships and the repentance
Are we friends of sinners? Remember wisdom. No one has been more inclusive of sinners and yet so rejecting of sin.
2. Let us be prepared to seek and to find all sorts of sinners
The older brother needs grace too. The Father goes out to him. The older brother just wants Justice. Nevers vs Always. “I never get this. You always have me.” Can we minister to the repentant and the bitter/Jealous?
3. Let us be marked in our lives by the experience of Joy
The Kingdom always comes with joy. God is radically committed to your joy and his. God seeks and he finds. Do you have an expectation of Joy? Are you waiting for something amazing from God?