On Sunday, June 16, 2019 at Wildwood Community Church, I preached a sermon based on Matthew 22:1-14. This message was part 2 of the “Father Heart of God” series. Below are a set of questions related to this message for personal reflection or group discussion.
- Read Matthew 22:1-14
- In this parable, we see the King’s invitations to all to celebrate the wedding feast of his son. This is a picture of God the Father’s invitation to salvation to people. What do you notice about these invites in the parable? What does that tell you about the heart of your Heavenly Father?
- The rejection of the Jewish leaders of Jesus results in real consequences for the nation of Israel (and Jerusalem . . . it’s capital). Jesus’ comments preview what will happen to Jerusalem when it is sacked by Rome in 70AD. This historical fulfillment reminds us that God is serious about sin and will punish its presence. Do really believe that God will judge sin one day . . . and that people will give an account for their lives?
- God has invited you and I to the “feast.” Have you responded to this invitation and “come to the table” or have you rejected His invitation? What are some reasons you have heard people give for NOT responding to the invitation to follow Jesus?
- Being “in the room” is not enough . . . we must also be clothed “in the regalia” of the King. To say it another way, church attendance is not enough. Approaching God on our own terms is not enough. Our only hope is found by being “clothed” in the saving work of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins. Are you wearing “His clothes” . . . or are you trusting mostly in your attendance or your own performance (as it relates to your salvation)?
- What is one particular application you took away from this message?
To access these questions in pdf format, click here.