General Synod 2007

Monday June 25
Draw it Wider Still: mission

Morning Office

Scripture: Isaiah 2:2-5; Luke 14:15-24
Hymns: #240 Retell what Christ’s great love has done
#62 Come, let us eat

Bible Study: Luke 14:15-24
The parable forms part of a linked series of teachings about pride, wealth, generosity and discipleship. The person giving the dinner party is initially perceived as entering a social competition: if the banquet goes as planned, the wealthy guests will be obliged to their host and the host’s influence will increase. The invitees appear to snub the host deliberately, offering barely credible excuses. As it turns out the host’s intention is not to claim a higher social position, but simply to give a wonderful party!

Discussion questions

  1. What do you think is the point of this parable?
  2. With whom do you identify in the story? Why?
  3. Have you ever been so caught up in competition with someone that you could not see their good intentions? Did you resolve the problem? How?
  4. Could question #3 also apply to your relationship with God?
  5. How would you go about inviting someone to God’s banquet?

Noonday Reflections:

Scripture: Micah 4:1-4


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