Before the Session
- Have the Bible Background Video ready to view.
- Review today’s scripture text and the session activities to help better facilitate the discussion.
- Encourage your group to listen to the Faithelement podcast ahead of the next session (Share the link via email or social media).
Context (From the Mind Session Page)
Begin by asking:
- Who would you never expect to see in heaven and why?
- To what degree can someone’s earthly actions be so evil or negative that no one would ever think they’d never make it in?
- Where would you draw the line as to who gets into heaven and how would you do it?
- To whom do these decisions belong to, and why is that a good thing?
### Content (From the Media Session Page)
Read Matthew 22:1-14 then watch the Bible Background Video.
Ask questions like:
- How does this parable make you feel?
- How uncomfortable does it make you feel that prophets/messengers were killed and chosen people rejected God?
- How does the king’s sending troops to kill people and burn their cities make you feel about the story?
- Why does the writer of this Gospel write about the issue of wedding clothes?
Closure (From the Current Session Page)
While most of us are invited to wedding celebrations, few of us are ever invited to true royal wedding events. When Prince William and Kate Middleton were married, the celebration was televised to what turned out to be a massive world-wide audience. Show this 3 minute clip from the wedding.
- What sort of persons were likely in the crowd at the wedding? In other words, who likely received invitations?
- If you had received an invitation to this event, and your expenses were covered, would you have accepted? Why or why not?
- What are ways we “turn down” an invitation from God to participate in God’s community?
- Who are the kinds of persons God might hope we would invite and welcome into our community of faith?
Pray together to end the session, offering a time of silent confession for moments when you have reacted in shock to people in Christian community that you did not expect to be there. Pray about ways that you can offer the radical welcome of God to all.