THIS SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW FEATURES HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 97th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Lesson Title: PARABLE OF THE GREAT DINNER Adult/Young Adult Topic: JOIN THE PARTY
Printed Text: Luke 14:15-24
Key Verse: Luke 14:21 (NIV)
The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 97th Edition, 2017-2018
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE: Some people eagerly accept invitations to important events, while others feel that they have better things to do. What are the consequences of rejecting such invitations? Jesus declared that those who reject His invitation will not be allowed into His kingdom.
CONCLUDING REFLECTION: Those who say “yes” to God’s invitation and prize it over all that the world has to offer will be seated at God’s table in this life and in the promised eschaton (end of the age) to which we are moving. This parable should be heard as a prophetic word of Jesus to a church rapidly becoming fixed in custom and tradition; a church uttering pious phrases, comfortable in a false confidence of its own salvation, and no longer inviting to God’s table the poor, the maimed, the lame and the blind.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, give us the wisdom and good judgment to discern those things that are truly important in life. Help us not to major in minor things, but to be able to discern when and where your redemptive purposes are at work in our lives. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Sunday School Review “Jesus Extends An Invitation” was originally published on 955thelou.com