“If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it?” – Luke 15:4 (NLT)
The religious people in Jesus’ day got upset with him for hanging out with sinners. Jesus responded by telling a parable about a lost sheep. He asked them this question: “If you had 100 sheep and one of them got lost, won’t you leave the 99 others to go and search for the one that is lost?” Jesus goes on to describe the joyful celebration that happens in heaven when one lost child of God comes home.
Research shows that more than 135,000 people in our surrounding community are not connected to a church. In January of 2021, the Pastors and Elders began to wrestle with the growing conviction that we can do more as a church family to reach the people around us who don’t know Jesus. We started by personally praying for God to show us at least one person in our lives who needs to know the love of Jesus. We then committed to praying for that person and investing in that person’s life as a friend.