The Lost Sheep and Lost Coin

By Rick Bayer, March 27, 2022

Luke 15:1-10

Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

3 Then Jesus told them this parable: 4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

8 “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? 9 And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

Lost and . v. 3, 4, 8

There is no one righteous, not even one; Romans 3:10

We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; Isaiah 53:6

Recovery and . v. 5, 6, 9

He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart Isaiah 40:11

is a joyful being. v. 7, 10

For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd 1 Peter 2:25

Questions for Discipleship Group and/or personal study:


  • What is something that you have lost that was important to you?

Go to the Source:

  • Read Luke 15:1-10.
  • How do the parables relate to the muttering of the Pharisees?
  • How much effort do you think the shepherd and woman expended?
  • What do you think is the main point Jesus is making?

Live it out:

  • When did you stray in your Christian faith?
  • How did God bring you back?
  • How can these parables affect how you interact with those who wander?
  • What burden can you hoist upon the shoulders of the Good Shepherd today?