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When God Throws a Party – Election

Life Group Leader Guide

This Leader Guide will help you lead the conversation with your Life Group when discussing this week’s sermon.

When God Throws a Party – Election

Key Things You Heard

  • It’s the King’s party; he can invite whoever he wants.
  • Some people are too preoccupied with their own agendas to attend.
  • Some of the people invited chose to attend.
  • When you come to the party, you must come in a worthy manner.
  • When we come into an intimate, personal relationship with Jesus Christ, we are clothed in Christ.

Pray

Heavenly Father, Thank you for the invitation to be clothed in Christ. In your love for us, the fact that you gave us Jesus is something that we are so grateful for and never want to take for granted. Help us to be vessels that share the love of Jesus to a lost and dying world. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Tweetable Moments

“1 in 8 Christians worldwide live in places where they may face persecution for their faith.”

“Persecution is not getting unfriended on Facebook or having to work extra hours.”

Questions for Conversation

Icebreaker: Tell about the most memorable party you have hosted or attended. What made it memorable, and why?

  • Read  Matthew 22:1-14. What is significant about the fact that Jesus says, “The kingdom of heaven is like…?” Because of these words, what should you be looking for in the parable? What is the Kingdom of Heaven like based on Matthew 22:9?
  • As you read this parable, what caught your attention, and why? What does this parable tell us about God? What does it tell us about man?
  • The King told his servant to “…invite to the banquet anyone you find. So, why was one of the guests thrown out of the wedding banquet? Was this fair of the King? Why? What does this say about the Kingdom of Heaven?
  • Read Matthew 22:5. Give an example of where you see this playing itself out in today’s culture? What about you? Has there been a time in your life when your agenda was more important than the call of God? Explain. What things in your life do you sometimes let get in the way of answering the call of God? 
  • What did you learn about the Kingdom of Heaven by studying this week’s passage?
  • As a group, visit https://www.persecution.com/actionpacks/ and participate in an opportunity to help persecuted Christians around the world. NOTE: Encourage your group to purchase the action packs, fill them and return them.

Now Go Do It

Challenge: Take a few minutes and learn more about the church’s persecution by watching this video on Youtube.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCE1eIvTuOY&t=46s 

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