How to Prepare for Sunday Worship: June 25

This week Keith Simon preaches a sermon entitled, “Jesus Is An Awkward Dinner Guest” from Luke 14:1-14.

Since we are dipping into Luke for this one sermon, you might enjoy getting an overview on chapters 10-24. This Bible Project video would be well worth your time to understand the book better.


You can read the Scripture below.

Jesus at a Pharisee’s House

14 One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was being carefully watched. 2 There in front of him was a man suffering from abnormal swelling of his body. 3 Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in the law, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?” 4 But they remained silent. So taking hold of the man, he healed him and sent him on his way.

5 Then he asked them, “If one of you has a child or an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath day, will you not immediately pull it out?” 6 And they had nothing to say.

7 When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: 8 “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. 9 If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. 10 But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. 11 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

12 Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”


Here’s our song list for this Sunday (with links to lyrics):

  • How Great is Our God by Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Ed Cash [lyrics]

  • How Great Thou Art by Stuart Hine; music is a Swedish folk melody [lyrics]

  • Lion and the Lamb by Leeland Mooring, Brenton Brown, Brian Johnson lyrics]

  • We Fall Down by Chris Tomlin [lyrics]

  • Holy, Holy, Holy (Lord God, Almighty) – Words by Reginald Heber; Music by John Dykes [lyrics]

  • Empty Me Out by Josh White (as sung by Liz Vice) [lyrics]

  • See you Sunday!

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