Parable of the Wedding Banquet: Matthew 22:1-14
This weekend Pastor Josh will continue in the series, “Essential Stories,” as he teaches from the Parables of Jesus. Following is a guide that will help you and your family engage in this time of worship during, following and in the week to come. We are glad you have joined us on the journey!
HOST: Welcome and Opening Prayer
As we conclude our time of worship, consider these questions.
Reflect: Take a moment to think about what from the passage and message impacted you most.
Share: What verses or points made an impact on you today and why?
Pray: Have one person pray a blessing over the group.
For families with young children, you can watch Pastor Josh’s message to kids and find more Faith Kids resources here: Faith Kids
Keep Growing …
In light of this weekend’s sermon, following are some ways that we can continue to grow in our relationship with Jesus both personally and in connection with others. (To join or lead a Life Group or to access leader’s notes visit here: Life Groups Online)
Discuss (Life Group Questions)
1. As you read through the parable, what is surprising/not surprising to you about the king? Why? What do you learn about the king from his responses? How does what you learn frame or re-frame your relationship with God?
2. As you read through the parable, what is surprising/not surprising to you about the first set of invited guests? Why? What do you learn about the invited guests from their responses? Do you see any of yourself in them? Why?
3. How would you summarize the way(s) God spoke to you through this parable?
Using the practice of Lectio Divina, meditate on John 5:1-15.
“Father, in these parables I sense your seriousness, your hurt at those who reject your grace, and your urgency. Please help me to share your heart. Shake complacency out of me. Help me to be a worthy and obedient bearer of your invitation. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.” (http://www.jesuswalk.com/kingdom/10_banquet.htm)
God is looking for people who care about other people: the good and the bad. What is one thing you can do this week to show someone else that you care about them?
Study Ephesians 4:17-32