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Is God Really Like That?

• Greg Boyd

Our perspective about what God is like deeply affects our relationship with him. Is he a distant, immovable being or does Jesus give us a different view of God? God is more upside down and different than many of us realize.

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The Pharisees are part of Jesus’ audience here in Luke 15. These men were confident in their own righteousness and therefore they had no personal needs but instead were judges of those who were also part of Jesus’ audience, the prostitutes, “sinners,” and tax collectors. Into this setting, Jesus tells a short parable about the lost coin.

From this we can conclude that the only coins God looks for are lost ones. Only those who acknowledge their lostness will see the need to be found. We cannot put our trust in how we feel, rightness of beliefs, or rightness of behavior. We need to become humble and loose all claims of superiority. God searches like the woman in this parable. He desperately searches for us. Imagine the panic a mother would feel if she lost her child. God loves us so much more and desperately searches for us! He became a man and showed us the ultimate love.

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Topics: Grace, Humility, Judgment

Sermon Series: The Great Reversal

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  • Luke 15: 8-10

    “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn't she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.' In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

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