Guest Speaker: Leonard Sweet
July 12, 2015
The story of Christianity didn't take shape behind pulpits or on altars or in books. No, the story of Christianity takes shape around tables, as people face one another as equals, telling stories, sharing memories, enjoying food with one another..." excerpt, "From Tablet to Table" by Leonard Sweet.
This weekend we welcome beloved guest speaker, writer and church futurist Len Sweet to share his re-discovery message of Jesus' powerfully simply kingdom movement - forged through conversation around the kitchen table. It's a don't-miss weekend for sure!
Bring Back the Table
Sharing the Table
Throughout the Bible there are pivotal moments of community that occur around the table. This week let’s study moments of community, whether it be inclusive or exclusive, which reflect the biblical importance of being at the table. Daily devotionals that accompany each day's reading are also available on Facebook. They are created by a great Ginghamsburg unpaid servant team. You do not have to be a Facebook user to access them. View here.
Day 1: Read 2 Samuel 9:1-13
Why did David honor Jonathan’s relative? Why did Mephibosheth call himself a “dead dog”? What do you imagine a lame man’s life was like? How would a place at the king’s table change his life? When were you granted a privilege that changed you?
Day 2: Read 1 Kings 18:16-40
What choice does eating at Jezebel’s table reveal? Where did cooked meat often come from in this culture? Would you eat meat sacrificed to a god today? Why does Elijah want them to choose between God & the Baals?
Day 3: Read 1 Kings 19:1-9
What changed from chapter 18 to 19 that Elijah would pray to die? How did God respond to Elijah’s human depression? Who set the table for Elijah? How much strength did he gain? At whose table do you eat regularly? Does it bring you strength?
Day 4: Read Matthew 15:1-39
What do we learn from the three stories about the power of faith related to eating? Why shouldn’t anyone be withheld from the table Jesus sets? What motivated Jesus? Was there a limit to his provision? Why is eating so important to Jesus? Are you being nourished?
Day 5: Read Luke 14:7-24
How are the banquet guests different in the stories? What do their attitudes reveal? Why is being a wedding guest important? How do you respond to invitations for special events? Should these change? How do you respond to Jesus’ invitations to kingdom events?
Day 6: Read Luke 22:7-23
What was the significance of the Passover meal? Who was honored by his invitation? What kinds of teaching & fellowship were shared around this table? How do we share this table? Do you respond at a heart level to the fellowship of sharing in this meal?
Day 7: Read Revelation 3:19-20
What would it mean to you to eat a meal with Jesus? Do you invite Jesus to your table? Do you pray for meals in public? Why/why not? What lessons are shared between parents & children during meals? How could your table become more open?
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Bring Back the Table / Leonard Sweet / July 11 & 12, 2015
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