Messes and Masterpieces- Overcoming Favoritism
May 12, 2019 | Jim Hodge
1. It is inconsistent with Christ’s teaching. (vs 1)
Parables: The Wedding Feast and the Great Banquet
2. It is a by-product of selfish motives. (vs 2-3)
3. It results from evil thoughts. (vs 2-4)
4. It insults people made in God’s image. (vs 5-6)
5. It goes against the biblical definition of love. (vs 5-8)
The Royal Law of Love:
- This love belongs to the King.
- Only the King’s people can live it out.
- This is the king of all other laws.
“I decide what love is!”
6. It is sin. (vs 9-11)
7. It shows a lack of mercy to those less fortunate. (12-13)
8. It is hypocritical. (vs 12-13)
Discussion Questions for the Week
- What do you most appreciate about God right now in your life?
- How did you show favoritism as a child? Do you still struggle with playing favorites? Was there a time you were considered the “least favorite” in a situation? How has it impacted you?
- How is God showing kindness to people different than us, and how might that stretch us? (Job 34:19, Malachi 3:5, Romans 2:11, Ephesians 6:9, Colossians 3:25 and 1 Timothy 2:4)
- In what ways can we reflect the upside-down nature of God’s kingdom in the world today with our daily lives? (1 Samuel 2:7-8, Matthew 5:43-48, Luke 14:7-11, 1 Corinthians 1:26-27, and 1 Timothy 6:17-18)
- Why can it be so difficult at times to treat others with mercy? Discuss these verses concerning judging people’s behavior and also showing mercy. (Psalm 82:2, Matthew 7:1 and John 7:24)