THE SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW WILL FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 95th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Lesson Title: JOYOUS FAITH
Adult/Young Adult Topic: GETTING BACK ON TRACK
Printed Text: Luke 19:1-10
Key Verse: Luke 19:10 (NIV)
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 95th Edition, 2015-2016
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
All have experienced a loss of direction in their lives and the inability to make necessary changes and new plans. How can they remedy this loss of direction? After Zacchaeus gladly welcomed Jesus with great faith and repentance, Jesus declared that His own mission was to seek and save the lost.
The story of the conversion of Zacchaeus is important for three reasons:
1) It points out that whether a person is rich or poor, that person can be saved.
2) One’s changed behavior is solid poof of one’s conversion experience. There is always the testimony of “good works” of righteousness that provide evidence for our change. (Ephesians 2:8-10; James 2:14-18)
3) Jesus seeks the lost and proclaims salvation for those who respond in faith. As Jesus evangelized and engaged in missions for lost souls, we should do likewise.
Heavenly Father, thank you for seeking us out and saving us from the power of sin and death. May we model the great example of our Lord Jesus Christ to see the lost. Amen.