Text: Luke 14:15-24
At the dinner party of the Pharisee
The man with ‘dropsy’ was healed (abnormal swelling- edema)
Jesus spoke to the guests about exercising humility
Jesus spoke to the host about inviting the less fortunate
Another guest proclaims,
“Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the Kingdom of God.”
The Need for Correction
Jesus was responding to the comment regarding eating in the Kingdom of God.
The guest assumed that they would surely be eating in the Kingdom,
and further they likely felt entitled to Kingdom blessings.
A man was giving a large dinner party and sent out invitations
When the day arrived and the food prepared, he sent for his guests
His guests made poor excuses why they could not come
The host was angry and sent an invitation to all those in the city
This was accomplished but there was still room
The master sent his servants out of the city to compel people to come
The Master declared,
“None of those who were invited shall taste of my dinner.”
God desires His Kingdom to be full.
He invites those whom He chooses.
Some who may initially respond positively will later
make excuses regarding their lack of participation.
The invitation was extended to others nearby.
Finally, the invitation was extended to everyone,
even those who would not ordinarily be considered
Have you responded to His invitation?
Whom have you invited to the Kingdom? Why don’t we invite others?
Possible responses to His invitation:
Outright rejection of the invitation
Insincere Acceptance: It sounds wonderful, I’ll try to make it
(but when it’s time to show up we make excuses)
Conditional Acceptance: I’ll come if I don’t have anything better planned
Grateful Acceptance and Anticipation
Those who are most like us
Those around us
Or everyone we meet
The Sin of Our Entitlement
Wanting a church that is comfortable for us!
How often do we make excuses for our lack of participation
because of our sense of entitlement?
Our discomfort with people who are “not like us”
Our discomfort with inviting EVERYONE!
Let’s keep the church and the Kingdom for us.
I want a church where I know everyone.
I’m uncomfortable around _______________ kind of people.
We exist for God’s glory
God did not invite us simply to bless us!
God invited us so that
we would be a blessing to others!
God desires His house to be FULL
So long as there is room in His house
we are commanded to extend an invitation