Sometimes It Takes A Party (Part 1): Study Guide

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Bottom Line

Instead of building a wall, build a bigger table.

Study Verses

 Matthew 23:27-28, Matthew 22:1-10, 1 John 4:17-21, Luke 15:11-32

Key Points

  • Sometimes people need your love and acceptance more than they need your advice and opinion.
  • A party is any effort to celebrate, serve, or enjoy each other in a way that adds value to life. 
  • Sometimes it takes a party to change how we see each other. 
  • Jesus loved parties because Jesus loved people. 
  • Sometimes it takes a party to demonstrate that God cares about people who party.
  • Sometimes it takes a party to confirm we can always be forgiven.
  • Sometimes it takes a party to prove that people matter more than opinions.
  • Sometimes it takes a party to remind us that everyone is invited to the party.
  • Every table is an altar. 
  • Faith is meant be lived. 
  • There has never been a more important time in history than right now to start acting like we believe everyone is invited to the party. 
  • Too many of us act like everyone is NOT invited to the party. 
  • Jesus doesn’t segregate. Jesus integrates.
  • Loving God affects how we love others. Loving others affects how we love God.
  • Parents are programmed to teach kids what to believe. What if we started coaching our kids how to love and serve?

ENCOUNTER

  • How are Christians viewed as it relates to fun and freedom? Why does this tend to be the picture people have of Christ followers? Do you think this assessment is valid?
  • Too many of us act live everyone is NOT invited to the party. How does this statement convict you? What causes you to not invite some people to the party?
  • How do we make loving others a lot more complicated than it needs to be?

FORMATION

  • Read Matthew 22:1-10. Who received an invitation to the party? What does this story teach us about God’s heart?
  • Read Matthew 23:27-28. What caused Jesus to have this response to the religious leaders? What did Jesus see within their hearts that broke His heart?
  • Read 1 John 4:7-21. Loving God affects how we love others. Loving others affects how we love God. How does the way we treat, care and value others speak to our understanding of God’s love?
  • Read Luke 15:11-32. Why did the father throw a party for his prodigal son?  Why did the older son rally against the party being held? What did the older son not understand about why there was reason to celebrate?

EXPRESSION

  • Where are you erecting bigger walls? What would it look like for you to build longer tables instead?
  • A party is any effort to celebrate, serve, or enjoy each other in a way that adds value. During this upcoming week, how can you be a party starter?
  • Sometimes it takes a party to change how we view each other. Who needs to be invited to your party? How could inviting them change the way you see them?
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