Mayday – Search and Rescue #4
Scripture Reference: Luke 15:4,8,32
Mayday- is an emergency procedure word used internationally as a distress signal in voice-procedure radio communications. The call is always given three times in a row ("Mayday Mayday Mayday") to prevent its being mistaken for some similar-sounding phrase.
Luke 15:4 4 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it?
Luke 15:8 8 “Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it?
Luke 15:32 32 “It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.”
3 Types of Mayday
The Wrecked – Luke 15:4
The Lost person who doesn’t know Christ. He is going after the 1%.
Rescuing the “Wrecked,” it is easy when the crisis that a person is in is obvious.
What about the “Non-Crisis Wrecked” – those who need to be extracted but their life is OK just the way it is.
The Recovered – Luke 15:8
This is actually people who need to be Recovered. People with no place. He cares about the 10%.
People who are in the “House” but are misplaced, overlooked and feel like no one notices them.
You are in the house but not a part of the house, but you are a “Living Stone.” Living Stones don’t Leave.
The Religious & Rebellious – Luke 15:32
The de-churched – It is not 50%... He wants a full house.
Those who are saved but have left the “House” because of either religion or rebellion.
The one thing in common with The Wrecked, The Recovered and the R&R, is that they are held by the same captor.
Stockholm Syndrome is a condition which causes hostages to develop a psychological alliance with their captors as a survival strategyduring captivity. These alliances result from a bond formed between captor and captives during intimate time together.
This term was first used by the media in 1973 when four hostages were taken during a bank robbery in Stockholm, Sweden. The hostages defended their captors after being released and would not agree to testify in court against them.
Stockholm syndrome is paradoxical because the sympathetic sentiments that captives feel towards their captors are the opposite of the fear and disdain which an onlooker might feel towards the captors.
There are four key components that characterize Stockholm syndrome:
- A hostage's development of positive feelings towards the captor; enjoying captivity
- No previous relationship between hostage and captor
- A refusal by hostages to cooperate with police forces and other government authorities
- A hostage's belief in the humanity of the captor because they cease to perceive the captor as a threat when the victim holds the same values as the aggressor
If you are just looking to survive in this life you will fall in love with the captivity that is holding you back.
The Extraction Plan (Graphic)
Identify – Who are we even looking for?
Personal Interest - Personal Investment vs. Personal Invite
Relationship vs a Number
Curiosity – What is the Why? What sets you apart from them even though you are in the same circle.
Invitation to Connect to Something More – Weekend Experience
Encounter w/ Jesus - Parking Lot to Parking Lot – Sundays are for the extraction process.
All the above are about us extracting.
Begin being more – Next Steps, GroupLife (Serve, Grow, Know)
Go – Reach Out, Reproduce and Restore.
These 2 are about the life being created for the extracted.
Life after captivity is about “Relationship after the Rescue.”
Who are you looking for?
The Parable of the Lost Sheep
1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”
3 So he told them this parable: 4 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ 7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
The Parable of the Lost Coin
8 “Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? 9 And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ 10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
The Parable of the Prodigal Son
11 And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. 13 Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. 14 And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to[b] one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. 16 And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything.
17 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father's hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ 20 And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’22 But the father said to his servants,[d] ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. 23 And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.
25 “Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound.’ 28 But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, 29 but he answered his father, ‘Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’ 31 And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32 It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’”
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