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Finding and Restoring Lost People (5 of 6)
Series: The Apprentice
Jesus was the searcher, the finder and the restorer of people who had lost something - people who lose their sense of direction, destiny, significance, fulfillment, hope, opportunity and dreams. Jesus found these misplaced people and then He restored them. The apprentice is to find and restore people who have lost life and lost God.
BACKGROUND TO THE MASTER AND RESTORATION
DEFINITION AND KEY SCRIPTURES
The apprentice is one who has committed to Jesus the Master and to a lifetime of learning from Him in order to become like the Master in heart, character, and lifestyle.
Luke 19:10: For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.
Message: For the Son of Man came to find and restore the lost.
To restore is to bring back what was lost or broken, thus reinstating health and rejuvenating with new life.
Jesus pursued people with unconditional love and compassion. He sought them out and made them whole. We are Jesus' apprentices and we must pursue people and facilitate their restoration.
JESUS FINDS PEOPLE WHO NEED RESTORATION
THE SINFUL WOMAN (LUKE 7:36-50)
This woman sought out Jesus. When she heard that He was in her city, she came to Him. Jesus could have rejected her because of her sin. Yet He chooses to forgive her sins, restore her to a relationship with the Father and restore her peace.
THE DYING DAUGHTER (LUKE 8:40-56)
On Jesus' way to heal a civil leader's daughter, He restored health to a woman who had been sick for 12 years. She sought Him out and received her healing from Him. That appointment seemed like a detour to Jairus, who was waiting for Jesus to heal His daughter. Jairus' servant even delivered the news that she had died while Jesus was healing someone else. It may seem that Jesus has stopped pursuing you or is busy meeting someone else's needs. But He is still on His way to you and He ...
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