Note to leaders: Do not feel that you have to use every question. Pick and choose as the Spirit leads you but don’t skip over the first question in the discussion from the message!
Warm Up: What was mealtime like at your house when you were growing up? Did everyone eat together or was it more of a “catch as catch can” affair?
Background: In our fast paced society, time is a valuable commodity, often found in short supply. Everything we do seems to be hurried. We run from appointment to appointment, commitment to commitment, and event to event. Our schedules are so crammed that most of us eat on the run. Seldom do we take the time out to even sit down and enjoy a meal together as a family.
Looking to satisfy our hunger in the fastest way possible, we have never been malnourished. The same thing can be said of our spirits. The drive-thru attitude has crept into our spiritual lives and our worship. On a typically Sunday morning, we enter into the house of worship looking for the fastest way out. We find it hard to slow down and savor the kind of worship experience that Christ invites us to.
Text: Psalm 34:8, Matt. 5:6, Heb. 2:9
- What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten? Where was it and what made it so memorable?
- What does it mean to “taste and see that the Lord is good”? How does one do that in practical terms?
- Read Matt. 5:6. We usually get filled with something, not always what we are hungry for. When was the last time you hungered and thirsted for God?
- Read Heb. 2:9. What does it mean that Christ “tasted death” for all of us? How do the bread and the cup remind you of what Christ experienced on your behalf?
- What acrostic did Pastor Steve give to remind us of what grace means? G___________ R______________ A_____ C_____________ E________________
From the Message:
- What spoke to you the most from the message and why? What challenged you the most? Don’t rush by this!
- This morning Pastor Steve asked, “What is waiting for you at the lord’s table?” What were some of the things that he named? How often do you think of the Lord’s table in only terms of what Christ has done for you and not what He offers to you on a daily basis?
- This morning Pastor Steve related the Lord’s Supper to his experience at Mrs. Pippin’s house. What spoke to you the most: Come with a good appetite? Take your shoes off? Do you need to wash up? Give thanks? Pass the plate?
- How did the video “That’s Real Love” right before communion hit you?
Reflect: Communion is meant to nourish and replenish the body and soul but in order to do that we must slow down, open the door of our heart, sit at his table, and enjoy his presence. It is an experience to be savored and shared with others. God wants us to “taste and see that He is good”. Our relationship with Christ should be like a gourmet meal, not fast food. This week, remember to take your shoes off, sit down, and stay a while in His presence.
Now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. 1 Peter 2:3 (NIV)
We all live off his generous bounty, gift after gift after gift. John 1:16 (MSG)