Christ at the Table

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Christ at the Table | Luke 24:13-35

In a brilliant logical proof for the evidence of Jesus’ Resurrection from the dead, Paul writes to the church in Corinth (1 Cor. 15) that Jesus showed himself alive to several people, to as many as 500 at one time! While most of these interactions were not recorded into writing, some of them were, and they are all as exciting as they are amazing. One of these recorded instances can be found near the end of Luke’s Gospel account and in fact concludes his motif of Jesus’s food-oriented ministry. As such, it seemed only right to conclude our tour of the Gospel with this story of Jesus seated at the Table.

Personally, it’s one of my favorite stories of Jesus.

Join us as we finish our series on Table-centered Evangelism and enjoy the shock of Jesus’ disciples meeting their Living Lord for the first time!

Salvation at the Table

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Salvation at the Table | Luke 22:7-20, 24-30

Before the Resurrection, Jesus’ ministry was marked by a distinct way that he would take something his audience thought they knew well enough and frame it in such a way that exposed just how little they actually understood about it. Even the things many Jews held close to their identity as God’s Chosen people, he would take and throw upside-down; Passover was no exception to this upheaval, as the Disciples found out only a few hours before Jesus’ arrest and murder at the hands of the Pharisees.

Join us as we discover with them that to Jesus this meal was not simply a reminder of God’s first redemption from the Egyptians but actually a symbol and predictor of their final redemption from Sin and Death

Seven Woes at the Table

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Seven Woes at the Table | Luke 11:37-52

Have you ever been in a social setting and realized you had been set up? Maybe that person your friends had been trying to get you to date was “coincidentally” there too, or you mention a certain topic only to realize someone there had been waiting for you to bring it up. Our seventh week exploring dinner scenes of Luke’s Gospel—Luke’s primary way of displaying Jesus’ approach to evangelism—brings us to exactly that kind of setting, where Jesus once again springs one of the religious elite’s traps only to turn the tables on them.

One disclaimer here: Jesus’ attitude in the majority of this text can come off to a casual reader as unexpectedly confrontational, or even rude. It’s important to remember here that Luke’s goal in presenting Jesus throughout his Gospel is to show him as someone who comforts the vulnerable and holds those to blame for injustice responsible for their actions.

So, join us as we watch Jesus confront those he holds responsible for the suffering of those he loves.

3 Roles at the Table

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3 Roles at the Table

Our sixth stop in the gospel according to Luke brought us to the moment Jesus instructs his disciples on how to spread the news of God’s Kingdom and his ministry on Earth. But that’s not the only image of service to God this section of Luke’s Gospel has to offer; instead, we’re given two others as well to complete the picture. Join us as we learn what it means to be an ambassador, a neighbor, and a worshipper as we gather together around the King’s Table.

Feasting in the Kingdom

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Feasting in the Kingdom | Luke 14:1-24

Five weeks into our series of pitstops through Luke’s Gospel account, and Jesus is yet again eating with the Lost. What makes this group of Lost people different from the others, however, is that they don’t know they’re lost. In fact, these Sadducees were so convinced they were in that when someone started talking about the Kingdom, they judged that person’s accuracy based off of how well it described them. Because to them, they were the standard for who was really part of God’s Kingdom. So, when Jesus came onto the scene and started talking like they hadn’t made the cut, they got pretty mad. Mad enough to kill. But if it wasn’t them in the Kingdom of God, who was it that Jesus was talking about?

Join us as we take a step further in learning what it means to be a citizen of the Kingdom, and how we got invited to the Lord’s Table.

Who is Jesus?

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Who is Jesus? | Luke 9: 7-20

As Jesus’ ministry continued to gain the attention of those around him, one crucial question came up: Who is this guy? Everyone had their own spin and interpretation of what they thought was going on, but no one really knew for sure. No one except the Disciples, that is, and to illustrate how they knew who Jesus really was, Luke poses the question on either side of one story: a story of a great feast.

Meeting Jesus at the Table

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Meeting Jesus at the Table | Luke 7: 36-50

As we continue our tour through Luke’s Gospel account, we find ourselves at yet another dinner scene. Instead of Jesus eating with the rejected and unclean of Jewish society, however, this time Jesus’s host is a Pharisee. Oddly enough, a prostitute crashing the party and throwing herself at Jesus was only the second most controversial thing that happened that night. Join us as we learn about Jesus’s take on faith, forgiveness, and his power over the sins of the world.

Dining with the Despised

Dining with the Despised | Luke 5:27-32

It’s easy to look down at the Pharisees in the Bible; they’re shown in a pretty poor light, after all. But what if they were the only ones acting rationally, according to their way of living, and Jesus was some strangely popular rebel who needed to be dealt with before things got out of control? Take Levi, for instance. He claimed the parts of being a Jew that benefitted him, but besides that he was a walking betrayal of God’s chosen people! Ritually unclean, hasn’t been to Synagogue in years, morally disgusting—this guy was as far up the organized crime ladder that Roman authorities would let a Jew get, and he had done whatever it’d taken to get there. But Jesus doesn’t seem to mind. He doesn’t do anything like how upstanding citizens should act towards people like that—he invites him to dinner. More than that, he invites him to be one of his disciples and tells him to get as many of his mobster friends together for a party to celebrate it! The Pharisees are angry, to put it politely. Who wouldn’t be?