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MESSAGE: The Worst People in the Best Place
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Luke 15:1-7

MESSAGE SUMMARY
The TV comedy The Good Place depicts the popular notion that good people go to some kind of heaven when they die, typically because they have done good things. But did you know that the Bible teaches the exact opposite? In this story that Jesus tells about a lost sheep, we discover that the worst and most undeserving people who repent will experience the joy of heaven. Since there was only one good Person who ever lived, He made a way for us to get to “the good place.”

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Guide: June 27, 2021
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: “The Worst People in the Best Place”
Text: Luke 15:1-7

Main Point
The TV comedy The Good Place depicts the popular notion that good people go to some kind of heaven when they die, typically because they have done good things. But did you know that the Bible teaches the exact opposite? In this story that Jesus tells about a lost sheep, we discover that the worst and most undeserving people who repent will experience the joy of heaven. Since there was only one good Person who ever lived, He made a way for us to get to “the good place.”

“I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninetynine just persons who need no repentance.” —Luke 15:7

Talk about It

  1. Can you recall a item of value you once had and lost? How did you feel when you lost it, and if you recovered it, how did you react?
  2. How lost were you before Jesus found you? How did God find you?
  3. What does God’s joy over a repentant sinner say about your value to Him? Do you have a hard time believing that you are valuable to God?
  4. What one lost sheep would you want to see found? How can you be a part of the process?
“Only Christianity teaches that man can do nothing to get to heaven.” —Pastor Skip

Make It PracticalPray
Thank You, Father, for the truth of the gospel. It changed our lives. Jesus, our Good Shepherd, came looking for all of us who were lost—all of us who like sheep went astray and wandered our own way. We didn’t look for a shepherd. We had no ability to walk back home. However, You found us and bore us on Your shoulders, and on a tree bore our sins on Your body. Forever You and all of heaven will rejoice. We’ll be a part of that anthem, to see people who don’t deserve to be in heaven there in the good place, the best place, because we have the best Savior. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Facilitator Tips
Cross references: Exodus 22:13; 1 Chronicles 16:27; Isaiah 62:5; 65:19; Zephaniah 3:17 Matthew 6:26; 13:11-13; 21:31; 25:20-23; Luke 5:29-32; 7:34-39; 19:10; Romans 5:6

OUTLINE


  1. The Spectators (v. 1)

  2. The Skeptics (v. 2)

  3. The Style (v. 3)

  4. The Story (vv. 4-6)

  5. The Significance (v. 7)

Keywords: heaven, hell, joy, parable of the lost sheep, repentance, salvation, sinner


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