11. The wedding garment: Teaching plan for 2011-06-11
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Key Thought:  All are invited, not all accept. Among those who show up, some chose not to wear the robe provided by the king.  It’s not enough to accept the invitation, we must have the robe.

1. Have a volunteer read Matthew 22:1-8.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.

B. Why are so many people unconcerned about salvation and heaven and so preoccupied with earthly pursuits?

C. Personal Application: What things keep us preoccupied today that prevent us from putting God first in all aspects of our lives?

D. Case Study: One of your relatives states, “Everybody knows you are not supposed to talk religion with others. Everybody’s got their own ideas. It’s better to leave people alone about religion and tolerate each others beliefs.” How would you respond to your relative?

2. Have a volunteer read Matthew 22:9-14.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.

 

B. What does it mean that both bad and good were invited and came to the wedding?

C. Personal Application: Do you know someone in the church, under the blood of Jesus. But who are still mean, unkind, and selfish in spirit?  Does Christ’s garment cover us or change us?  Share.

D. Case Study: One of your friends states, “What’s wrong with coming in your own clothes to the wedding?  Doesn’t God accept people just as they are? Why would He cast anyone out without the wedding garment?” How would you respond to your friend?

3. Have a volunteer read 1 Corinthians 4:5 and Ecclesiastes 12:14.A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.

 

B. What does it mean to judge nothing before the time?  Since Paul said a spiritual man judges all things, what doesn’t this mean?

C. Personal Application: How does this help us keep from thinking that by being good and obeying the law, that God saves us?

D. Case Study: One of your neighbors states, “Aren’t we supposed to let the weeds and wheat grow until the harvest?  Since we aren’t supposed to judge anyone, and only God knows the heart: what message do we really have as God’s servants? Aren’t we to call people to repentance?  Why wouldn’t people just tell us to mind our own business?”  How would you respond to your neighbor?

4. Have a volunteer read Matthew 22:14.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.

 

B. If God calls everyone, but chooses only a few, does that mean that salvation is arbitrary or based on our response and works? If not, then everyone who accepts should be saved, and that’s more than a few. Share your thoughts.

C. Personal Application: Look at you life, deeds, works, thoughts, and your attitude towards friends and enemies. Do they reflect someone called, or someone chosen?  Share.

D. Case Study: Think of one person who needs to hear a message from this week’s lesson. Tell the class what you plan to do this week to share with them.

(Note: “Truth that is not lived, that is not imparted, loses its life-giving power, its healing virtue. Its blessings can be retained only as it is shared.”  Ministry of Healing, p. 149)

 

 

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11. The wedding garment: Teaching plan for 2011-06-11 — 2 Comments

  1. Being without a wedding garment illustrates to us that type in the old testament on the day of atonement where those with sins secretly held where immediately cut off.also there would be no opportunity to repent as it was only the high priest who was to be in the sanctuary performing the service of atonement.

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