September 19, 2021 SUMC 9am Service

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Sep. 19, 2021

The Chosen Intro: Rounded Up!

Ephesians 2:8-10; Matthew 22 (Selected Verses)

 

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

Ephesians 2:8-10

Grace…

1.  ____________ Grace: It surrounds us with God’s love, convicts us when we act unlovingly, and convinces us that there is so much more to life than that which we are living.  It convinces us that God has in mind for us more than who we are.

Have you ever been aware that there was an emptiness in your life, like a hole in your heart? That there was a place that needed to be filled with love and assurance and peace? That is prevenient Grace – God’s love calling us to turn (return?) to God to find the relationship that will fill up the emptiness and plug the hole.  

John Gooch

Prevenient grace was the front porch of that house and that all of us lingered there on the porch trying to decide whether to go in the house or not. Prevenient Grace urges us, pushes us, challenges us to move into the house, but ultimately it is our choice whether to enter or not. Prevenient Grace makes us aware that there is a choice for all of us to make in the first place.  

John Wesley

     b.  Prevenient Grace confirms that God has chosen all people and extends this free ____________ to us.  

     c.  Eventually every one of us must ____________  (open this gift) or reject God.

2.  Rounded Up…

Go out into the busiest intersections in town and invite anyone you find to the banquet.’ The servants went out on the streets and rounded up everyone they laid eyes on, good and bad, regardless. And so the banquet was on—every place filled.

Matthew 22:9-10

     a.  The people invited to the wedding banquet of the Son refuse to come.

          i.  The Kingdom of Heaven is like a ____________ banquet (1, 2).

Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son.  

          ii.  The special invited guests ____________ to come (3).

He sent his servants to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come.

     b.  Those who continually refuse the invitation become ____________ (4-6).

          i.  The King graciously ____________ the invitation (4).

Again, he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.’  

          ii.  Those who continue to ____________ turn violent (vv. 5, 6).

But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his servants, mistreated them, and killed them.

     c.  The King invites ____________ to the wedding feast but expels those who do not prepare properly for it (22:8-13).

          i.  The King invites as many as would come to the feast (vv. 8-10).

Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore into the main streets and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.’ Those servants went out into the streets and gathered [rounded up] all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.

          ii.  The King ____________ anyone who did not prepare properly (vv. 11-13).

“But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, 12 and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?’ And he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’  

3.  Conclusion (22:14)

For many are called, but few are chosen.

Matthew 22:14

That’s what I mean when I say, ‘Many get invited; only a few make it.’

Matthew 22:14

     a.  The invitation has gone out to all who care to listen…

          i.  Some just ____________.

          ii.  Some wanted to come but refused to submit to the ____________ of entrance into the Kingdom.

     b.  Jesus says the "chosen" are people who respond to the invitation to come ________ respond in the proper manner so that they are prepared to enter the Kingdom.

     c.  The parable makes it clear that there is no reason, ____________, for people to reject a gracious invitation from the King to come to the wedding feast and enjoy all good things.

And [Jesus] said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.  And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  

Matthew 22:37-38

     d.  Sign-up today for an 8-week small group study based on “The Chosen” which will begin next week.