Reflective Time Out
Alford Usher Soord (1868-1915) “Lost Sheep”
Question: What’s the setting in this painting?
Question: Examine the subjects, their positioning?
Question: Who’s the central figure? What are the other subjects?
Question: What subject do you identify with most? Why?
Question: What makes the risk the shepherd is taking worth while?
Download Series: Search & Rescue
Illustration: Hide and Go Seek…
During the next two weeks we’re going to explore what I’m calling “Search & Rescue.”
This week we’ll focus on the element of searching…; next week we’ll look at the
• Question: What comes to mind when you hear the terms “Search & Rescue?”
• My Answer: Someone dangling from a mountain side or someone who is about
to drowned if rescue doesn’t arrive soon.
A few days ago I was hanging out in front of the Connection Center waiting to drive
a friend down to a detox center on North Caroline Street. Before I left the house that
morning I had already determined, in my mind, that this friend was going to bail and
not show up.
• Question: Do you ever find yourself wondering, how can someone so obviously in
need of help not get the help they need? Are they that blind to their desperate
• Question: Why should I even try to help someone that doesn’t even want to help
• Question: My time is precious, I’m a busy person, I have important things to do,
why waist my time when the odds are against this friend staying on the wagon?
Reading: Genesis 3:8-10
vv.9 - “Where are you?”
• Question: Why in the world is God, the omniscient (All-Knowing) One asking this,
“Where are you?”
• Answer: The beauty of the question God asks is that it appears that God, the
“Seeker,” “Searcher,” “IT” gives us the opportunity to choose to be found.
Free Will: God doesn’t force us to KNOW Him, LOVE can’t be forced, we must choose
to KNOW Him and choose to be KNOWN by Him.
Poem: The Hound of Heaven (Excerpts) by Francis Thompson
I fled him, down the nights and down the days;
I fled him, down the arches of the years;
I fled him, down the labyrinthine ways of my own mind;
and in the mist of tears I hid from him,
and under running laughter.
vv.10 “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
Question: What did Adam mean by, “I was naked?”
Answer: Was Adam referring to physical nakedness? or Maybe he was feeling
exposed/naked because he had betrayed God, did something God asked him not to
• Question: Have you ever found yourself in Adam’s position, hiding?
Poem: The Hound of Heaven (Excerpt) by Francis Thompson
Up vistaed hopes I sped…
From those strong Feet that followed, followed after.
But with unhurrying chase,
And unperturbed pace,
Deliberate speed, majestic instancy,
They beat—and a Voice beat
More instant than the Feet—
“All things betray thee, who betrays Me.”
The beauty is that in-spite of our hiding…God takes the initiative…He gives chase…
relentlessly…unendingly…passionately He never ever stops…
We get a glimpse of this Hound of Heaven that relentlessly pursues, this time though,
the Hound is dressed in the clothing of a Shepherd…
Reading: Luke 15:1-2
vv.1 - Tax Collectors & Sinners gathered…to hear Jesus
• Hear = Intently and Actively listen too…
vv.2 - Pharisees & Teachers of the Law…muttered against Jesus and Sinners
• Muttered = Grumble & Complain
Point: One group comes with a desire to hear the “Good News.”
Point: One group comes to criticize the “Good News,” it’s carrier and those who have
come to hear.
Reading: Luke 15:3-7
Question: What keeps us from joining Jesus in the pursuit of the one lost sheep?
• In John 15:13 Jesus says this, “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down
his life for his friends.”
Question: Are we, like the Pharisees, don’t see sinners, as our friends?
Question: Are we, like the Pharisees, ignorant to the depths of our own depravity?
• Luke 7:39-42, “Which of them will love him more?”
Question: Are we, like the Pharisees, so far from God ourselves that we can’t believe
that Christ came not only to Seek us out, but to Restore us?
Question: Are we, like the Pharisees, so self-centered that our priority, is not others,
but is dwelling on our own religious superiority?
Question: What’s keeping you from going after the 1 and hanging with the 99?
Question: Will we join Him, Jesus, on this “Search and Rescue” mission?
Matt's House Vision
We see Matt's House as a place where:
ï¿½-ï¿½ All find refuge - the hurting, the confused, and the detached
ï¿½-ï¿½ All discover God's mercy
ï¿½-ï¿½All are encouraged to engage personal transformation
ï¿½-ï¿½ All live boldly, committed to changing the world one person at a time as