The Last Shall Be First: Sunday Night @ The LOFT 3.13.16

THIS IS WHAT WE TALKED ABOUT

OUR CURRENT SERIES: KEEP IT SHORT

This winter we're doing a series based around award-winning short films. Each week we will watch a different short film and then talk about a theological principle related to the movie. Of course movies are more fun with popcorn, candy, and something to drink, so each week we will have some small refreshments to enjoy during the movie with a "candy of the week."

THIS WEEK'S FILM & DISCUSSION: THE BUTTERFLY CIRCUS

This week's film was The Butterfly Circus, and followed a group of circus performers in a circus unlike any other.

There are several stories in the New Testament that tells us about Jesus accepting broken people (similar to the circus performers in The Butterfly Circus). Tonight we looked at the parable of the workers and the vineyard. No matter when the workers began working for the landowner they all received the same reward. While there are many ways we could approach this parable we decided to look at it like this: God does not ask if we are perfect or imperfect, rather He is focused on each person and what they uniquely can contribute to the vineyard. It is not a contest, only we can give what we have to give, no one can contribute the gift that we have. God is not going to use or exploit us, but rather He will help us reach our full potential. Each performer’s talents in the Butterfly Circus were unique and so to each one of us is unique and needed. There is no comparison because all of us have something unique to contribute and if we don’t give the gift we have to give, it won’t be supplied by anyone else, the vineyard will have a void, it will be lacking.

CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION AT HOME

  • In what ways in our lives have we been considered or perhaps are still considered “last” but through the Grace of God have been considered “first”? 
  • Abigail Van Buren (Dear Abby) said, “A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.” Is Dear Abby right or wrong? 
  • How can we be more like Mr. Mendez? Welcoming and accepting of others and willing to highlight their special strengths.
  • What special gifts do you have that could be used to glorify God?