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The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.

-Mark 10:45

For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.

-Luke 19:10

1. The can be a surprising place.

The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, “Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.”

-Luke 7:34

“Sharing meals together on a regular basis is one of the most sacred practices we can engage in as believers. Missional hospitality is a tremendous opportunity to extend the kingdom of God. We can literally eat our way into the kingdom of God!  If every Christian household regularly invited a stranger or a poor person into their home for a meal once a week, we would literally change the world by eating!”

-Alan Hirsch and Lance Ford in Right Here, Right Now

2. The table stimulates and which ultimately leads to .

See Luke 19:1-10 and Matthew 9:9-13

3. The table mirrors the of .

That is why you should examine yourself before eating the bread and drinking the cup.

-1 Corinthians 11:28

LIFE APPLICATION
To discuss during the week with your family or Life Group

1. What does eating with someone communicate that simply talking with someone doesn’t?

2. What scripture or point jumped out most to you in this message?  Why?

3. How can you become more intentional in your eating, so it becomes a part of advancing God’s Kingdom?

4. Gilbert said, “Too many Christians expect conversion before they invite people into community with them.” Have you seen this in your own life? How can you be more intentional in building relationships with people who are not yet a part of God’s family?

5. What is your next step as a result of this message?