Search for the Lost!


I had a conversation tonight with my friend Mark Goeser whose son David has been missing since July 22, 2012 (see Find David Goeser). He shared these observations with me…

“One of the things that I’ve observed since my son has been lost is how these groups that search for the lost (like Search and Rescue teams) have nothing in common except for the commitment to the mission: to find the lost. Without that mission they’d never be drawn together. Yet with this mission to find the lost they have a deep sense of community. They all share a common experience of tremendous loss — or the joy of finding someone!

And yet it seems that in many churches today, if you took away their mission to find the lost, they would keep on meeting together for the sake of community.”

As we discussed his observations of Search and Rescue teams, it made me wonder why churches can just hang together without a true sense of mission. Considering that Jesus came to earth on a rescue mission to find the lost, how can His followers not be compelled to join Him in that mission?

Jesus came to seek and to save the lost! We get to join Him in His rescue mission!

The rescue mission from David has pulled together hundreds of people who want to see him found!

Mark shared with me that he had been reading in Ezekiel 34 and saw that the Lord rebuked the shepherds for failure to go after the lost ones.

Ezekiel 34:6 “My flock was scattered over all the surface of the earth, and there was no one to search or seek for them.” God held the shepherds of Israel responsible for going after the lost!

What if God held you responsible for the lost in your community?

Today’s Missional Challenge

Don’t meet together just for the sake of community. Go on a search and rescue mission for the lost!

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Dr. Dave DeVries is a coach, trainer, author and founder of Missional Challenge. He is passionate about coaching and training church planters and missional leaders. With 30+ years of church planting and leadership development experience, Dave brings his passion and encouragement to those he trains and coaches.
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  1. Chris Jefferies
    Chris Jefferies says:

    This is a good story and a great application. But the practicalities are where I fail.

    How to get started? It's one of those things that's easy and hard at the same time.

    It's easy to smile at someone, it's easy to say hello, it's easy to talk about the weather.

    But it's hard to get deeper than that. It helps if I can serve a person in some way and build a relationship over time.

    Wanting to find the lost is essential, but is it enough? What else do I need? And how best to bring Jesus into the relationship?

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