by Jeff Ginn

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101 Salvations (6 of 8)
Series: Risking to Rescue
Dr. Jeffery B. Ginn
Matthew 18:12-14
February 8, 2004

a. Interview three people about their careers: first sergeant (Kevin Tatem), school principal (David Staples), and jeweler (Marty Lastovica). Three questions:
i. How many?
ii. What would you do if one became lost?
iii. Why?
b. These folks illustrate in a small way a very important truth about God. Everyone matters to God. He may be mighty, but He is also merciful and attentive to everyone!
c. Read text.
d. Though he has 100 sheep, he is still looking for the next one, thus the title for today's sermon.


a. A Crisis for the Sheep
i. What he lost
1. The provisions of the shepherd (Ps. 23:1)
2. The protection of the shepherd (Ps. 23:4) "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil..."
3. The presence of the shepherd (Ps. 23:4) "...for thou art with me."
ii. Why he's lost
1. He wandered away
2. Isaiah 53:6, "We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all."
b. A Crisis for the Shepherd
i. He has lost something of great value to him! And the emphasis of the passage is on the Shepherd. As much as the sheep lost, it is the shepherd who appears here to have suffered the loss.
ii. The story goes that a young man applied for a job as an usher at a theater in the mall. The manager asked him, "What would you do in case a fire breaks out?" The young guy answered, "Don't worry about me. I'd get out okay." That's how we respond sometimes. [Aren't you glad that that isn't Jesus' attitude? He didn't say, "That's o.k., I'll get out o.k. No, he went looking for us! Also,] "What would you do if Jesus came back tomorrow?" "Oh, don't worry about me. I'd be okay." But you're an usher! It isn't enough just to get out yourself. You are responsible for helping others get out. Citation: Illu ...

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