The Hillcrest Church Podcast

Food, Feasts and Excuses: God’s Invitation Series

September 26, 2019

Food, Feasts and Excuses - Outline
September 22, 2019

What is the best meal that you ever had?

This _________________________________that we are invited into is a lot like being invited to a ________________________________.

And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” And he added, “These are true words that come from God.” (Revelation 19:9, NLT)

Jesus said the ______________________________is like a great feast.

What will eternity look like?
1. God will live _______________________________.

I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them.

2. There will be ______________________ for the ____________
and ___________________________of this life.

He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”

3. There will be __________________________ for all who are there.

And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!”

And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.”

And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End.

4. We will experience all of ____________________________of God.

To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children. (Revelation 21:3–7, NLT)

 

One man, listening to Jesus said:

Hearing this, a man sitting at the table with Jesus exclaimed, “What a blessing it will be to attend a banquet in the Kingdom of God!” (Luke 14:15, NLT)

Jesus challenges some of his _______________________________:

Who is going to be there?
Who is going to be invited?

Jesus replied with this story: “A man prepared a great feast and sent out many invitations. When the banquet was ready, he sent his servant to tell the guests, ‘Come, the banquet is ready.’ But they all began making excuses. One said, ‘I have just bought a field and must inspect it. Please excuse me.’ (Luke 14:16–18, NLT)

Another said, ‘I have just bought five pairs of oxen, and I want to try them out. Please excuse me.’ (Luke 14:19, NLT)

Another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’ (Luke 14:20, NLT)

“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.’ (Luke 14:21, NLT)

After the servant had done this, he reported, ‘There is still room for more.’ 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. (Luke 14:22–23, NLT)

For none of those I first invited will get even the smallest taste of my banquet.’ ” (Luke 14:24, NLT)

Two things that will cause people to miss the feast God is inviting them into.

1. “I just don’t have ________________________.”

What is ________________________ you from joining the feast?

When will there be a _________________________ time?

 

2. “I feel like I don’t _______________________________ .”

____________________ is the time to come to the table.

Jesus says,
They are on my _______________________________ and I want you to _______________________________to the feast.

We need to open up our eyes to the least of these: the ______________________________________________.

The master says, “there is still__________________________.”

Do we believe that there is still _________________ for more?

 

Digging Deeper
Study for individuals and small groups

Read Luke 14:15-24.

The people who have been invited to the dinner make excuses for not attending.
Do we believe their excuses? Why, or why not?
What are some of the reasons people might make excuses for not attending a social function like this?
What do those reasons tell us about these invited guests?
About their relationship with the host?

Of the three different groups of people invited to the dinner – the original guests, the “poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame,” and the people in the roads and lanes – who do we feel closest to? Why?

Who would feel most blessed at the dinner, do we think? Why?
Who has the most positive relationship with the host? Why?
What does this mean for us, do we think? Why?

Jesus tells this story after someone says “Blessed is anyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!”

Is this story an “answer” or “response” to that statement, do we think?
What kind of an answer is it?
Is Jesus agreeing with the statement, disagreeing, qualifying … what do we think? Why do we think that?

What point do we think Jesus is trying to make here? Why do we think that?

(More personal)
Are there ways we resemble these guests?
What are they?
What are the possible implications of that similarity?