Q: What is something that every great party has to have?

Matthew 22:1-4

Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.

“Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’

Q: The Bible says that the King prepared a banquet – What do you think it represents?
Q: What kinds of things did the King do to make this party awesome?
Q: Why do you think the King wanted the people he invited to come so bad?
[v. 5]
Q: What kinds of responses did the king get?
Q: Why do you think the people responded like that?

Luke 14:16-20

Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. 17 At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’

18 “But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’

19 “Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’

20 “Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’

Q: What the responses did the King get here? Q: Why?
Q: What are some reasons that people give for not going to church?
Q: What things – in the minds of these guys – are seen as more important than the banquet?
Q: Are there any other things that are often put above church?
Q: Why do you think God wants people to go to church?

Matthew 22:7-10

The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderersand burned their city.

“Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ 10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.

Q: Why does the King invite all these extra people? (undeserving vs. deserving)
Q: Why do you think so many people don’t appreciate church?
Q: What kinds of people filled up the banquet?
[v. 11-14]
Q: What was the problem with this guy?
Q: How do you think this can apply to us?
Q: What do you think it means to dress appropriately in the Kingdom?
Q: What do you think Jesus means by… “many are invited, but few are chosen”?

Challenge: We have all be invited to the Great Banquet – Have the Bible! Just because you’ve been
invited doesn’t mean that you’re going to show up. You’ve got to RSVP! But also, make sure that your
dressed appropriately!

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