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GateWay Church of Visalia
Philosopher Jesus
May 12, 2022 Pastor Lance Ainsworth
Locations & Times
  • GateWay Church
    1100 S Sowell St, Visalia, CA 93277, USA
    Sunday 8:30 AM, Sunday 10:30 AM
Introduction: An intense dinner
Luke 14:12-24 NASAB
12 And He also went on to say to the one who had invited Him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, otherwise they may also invite you in return and that will be your repayment. 13 But when you give a reception, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed, since they do not have the means to repay you; for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
Hospitality is welcoming the stranger.
15 When one of those who were reclining at the table with Him heard this, he said to Him, “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!”
“Thank God I made it to the table.”
16 But He said to him, “A man was giving a big dinner, and he invited many; 17 and at the dinner hour he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come; for everything is ready now.’
There were two invitations to the dinner party.
What do you imagine heaven to be like? Revelation 19.
When was the last time you had a feast?
Party with a purpose.
18 But they all alike began to make excuses. The first one said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of land and I need to go out and look at it; please consider me excused.’ 19 Another one said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; please consider me excused.’ 20 Another one said, ‘I have married a wife, and for that reason I cannot come.’
Three ridiculous lame excuses.
There will be no-shows.
Serving God is more than a priority, it is a necessity. (bread of life, living water)
How does following Jesus affect the world around us?
21 And the slave came back and reported this to his master. Then the head of the household became angry and said to his slave, ‘Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the city and bring in here the poor and crippled and blind and lame.’
Jesus welcomes the marginalized and sinners to his table.
22 And the slave said, ‘Master, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’
There is room!!!
We have job security.
23 And the master said to the slave, ‘Go out into the highways and along the hedges, and compel them to come in, so that my house may be filled. 24 For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste of my dinner.’”
Compel - anagkazō - to make something necessary
The great feast is coming and God wants to see His table full.
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Prayer Requests:
Group Discussion: What is the best feast/dinner you have ever had?
Hospitality is for the stranger. When was the last time you helped somebody or invited somebody into your life that was less fortunate than you and had no way of returning the favor? Is this hard for you? Do you think this is a spiritual gift or something we all need to do?
Do you see heaven as a big feast with gourmet food, rich relationships and laughter? Do you have people in your life that you feast with and throw parties with? Have we lost our fervor for life?
We see three ridiculous excuses for missing the feast. Do you relate with any of these? Do you view Jesus as a necessity or a priority? What’s the difference? How can Jesus be a necessity at work, home, hobbies and in everyday life?
There is room at God’s table! What a statement. This is exciting. God has room for us, room for your neighbor, room for your coworker, room for your spouse. Whose salvation are you praying for? How do we share the necessity of salvation?
Family Time: Ask your kids who in your neighborhood, school or sports team they would like to invite over to feast. Plan out a meal and a time and invite them to your house.

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