Family Church mission = We exist to be the easiest place for people to experience the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ.
One of the best descriptions of “easiest place” is found in a parable Jesus told once about a large banquet (Marriage Supper of the Lamb) In this parable Jesus made it clear that everyone who wants to should be able to attend this banquet and have a seat at the table.
BIG idea: Being the “easiest place” is making sure everyone has a seat at the table.
[Luke 14:15-24, NLT]
15 Hearing this, a man sitting at the table with Jesus exclaimed, “Blessed is the one who will eat at the banquet in the kingdom of God. 16 ”Jesus replied with this story: “A man prepared a great feast and sent out many invitations. 17 When the banquet was ready, he sent his servant to tell the guests, ‘Come, the banquet is ready.’ 18 But they all began making excuses. One said, ‘I have just bought a field and must inspect it. Please excuse me.’ 19 Another said, ‘I have just bought five pairs of oxen, and I need to try them out. Please excuse me.’ 20 Another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’ 21 “The servant returned and told his master what they had said. His master was furious and said, ‘Go quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and invite the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’ 22 After the servant had done this, he reported, ‘There is still room for more.’ 23 So his master said, ‘Go out into the country lanes and behind the hedges and urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full. 24 For none of those I first invited will get even the smallest taste of my banquet.’”
1. Speaks of Jesus coming to “His own”, the Jewish people, and their rejection of Him.
[John 1:10-12, NLT] - He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. 11 He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. 12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.
2. It speaks to those who have lost their spiritual appetite due to other distractions and other desires.
Matthew 4:4 (NLT) People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.
John 6:35 (NLT) Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
Proverbs 27:7 (NLT) A person who is full refuses honey, but even bitter food tastes sweet to the hungry.
How’s your appetite?
3. It speaks to those who never had a seat at the table and don’t think they belong at the table.
Set the table – Join one of our Dream Teams…
Send out invitations – Start inviting people to church…
Serve those who find their place at the table, the way you were served when you found your place at the table.
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What kind of conversations do you have around the dinner table? Who sits at your table?
When we consider achievement and status, why do most people push for first place or the top spot? Why does the motivation matter?
What was different about the culture of banquets and feasts as seen in the Bible?
Why do you think Jesus spent a lot of time around tables in His time on earth?
What would it look like for YOU to begin “pulling out seats for people at the table?”
As a follower of Jesus, what does it personally look like for you prepare a place.
for someone who is not here yet?
Who is someone you can invite to the table?