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Who Is Welcome To The Table? Pt. 6
July 18, 2021

Who Is Welcome To The Table? Pt. 6

July 18, 2021

Come to the Table

Pt. 6 – Dinner with who?

Mk.2:13Once again Jesus went out beside the lake. A large crowd came to him, and he began to teach them. 14As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” Jesus told him, and (Matthew) got up and followed him.

Principle: The worst sinner I know is a potential follower of Jesus.

God prepares hearts – ahead of my invitation.

15While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and “sinners” were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him.

Matthew’s Model for Bringing People to Jesus:

  1. Make friends with Jesus.
  2. Make friends with lost people.
  3. Introduce my friends to Jesus.

16When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the “sinners” and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?”

Reaching out each often results in criticism.

17On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Put lost people first.

Mt. 28:19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.

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