Restoring the Table

Scripture Passage: Acts 2:46-47

“Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple, and broke bread from house to house. They ate their food with joyful and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. Every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.”

During difficult times it is especially important to remember that God is with us, cares for us and provides for us. The early church encountered their own “storms” but God continued to work in people’s lives as they gathered together for meaningful meals, with joyful, sincere hearts while praising God.

Three key ingredients of meaningful meal times:

1.​ Social | Connect around the table by having conversations with one another ​instead of being on the cell phone or watching TV.

2. ​Special | Make a plan to gather with others, recognize the meal and time ​together as a gift and be grateful.

3. ​Spiritual | Thank God for His provision and His presence by praying at the ​beginning of your meal.

In the midst of the storms of life we can rediscover the power of meaningful meal times. God can actually use meal times to transform our lives and those around us.

Discuss around your table today (or any place you gather):

1.​ Storms cause fear and uncertainty. Talk about your fears and encourage one ​another to remember that God loves us, God is with us and God takes care of ​us.

2.​ What are you thankful for today and how is God helping you through the ​storm?

3.​ Pray for God’s protection and peace and thank God for His provision in the ​midst of Hurricane Harvey.

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A Legacy Table

Restore-The-TableHappy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s out there! This Sunday Pastor Ryan taught out of the book of Ephesians. We looked at what it means to honor our mother’s. Below are some great points of how we honor our parents.

Important Priorities of Obeying Your Parents

  1. Childhood Obedience- In Ephesians 4:1-4 Paul was talking to children. One of the ways that we honor our parents is through obedience. The reason for this is when we obey our parents we are also obeying God, because he commands us to obey our parents.
  2. Generational Appreciation- We should honor our parents and specifically our mothers today regardless of age. Whether we are adults or we are children, we should honor out mothers because it is Biblical and they are worthy of honor.
  3. Social Order- The family structure and the measure to which we honor our parents and submit to their authority becomes the barometer of the rise and fall of nations. Honoring our parents has enough significance that it effects everything in our society.

Pastor Ryan also gave a few different ways that we can honor our mothers:

How to Honor Mother’s

  1. Listen to Her- Listen to your mother; it speaks so much value into her.
  2. Respect Her- Give her the honor that she is due.
  3. Protect Her- Take care of her and make sacrifices for her.
  4. Thank Her- Write a letter to your mom thanking he for all that she has done for you.


What does it mean to honor your parents?

Why is obedience to parents difficult?

How can you honor your parents?

How can you bless and honor your mother today?

The Blessing Table

Restore-The-TableScripture Passage: Ephesians 5:1-2

There is power in giving a blessing. In the Old Testament, the term blessing means “to bow the knee” or “to show honor.” It also means to add value, as in adding gold coins to the scale. To bless someone is to show gracious kindness or to give honor by intentionally ascribing God’s promise to another.

Two simple truths to remember:

A. You need a blessing.
You were made to experience a blessing.

B. You were created to bless.
Be imitators of God. Mirror God by blessing others.

Read Ephesians 5:1-2
“Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.  Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us  and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.”

Share / Discuss

• What is the difference between a compliment and the blessing?

• Did you receive a blessing when you were a child?

Read Ephesians 3:1
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,”

Add value to those at your table (or those around you). Bless them by ascribing a promise of God. Affirm a trait or quality you see in them. Bless them.

The Blessing Challenge
Bless at least 3 people this week:

1. Your Children

2. Your spouse / friend or co-worker

3. Parents or an older person who has impacted you.

The Open Table

Restore-The-TableScripture Passage: Exodus 12: 1-4

Randy Phillips, our guest speaker, focused on seeing our life and ministry as an “open table” to those around us. God is calling us into ministry with Him and through the understanding of the power of the cross as believers, our focus turns outwards to invite those around us into His grace and love.

Exodus 12:4 says, “If a family is too small to eat a whole animal, let them share with another family in the neighborhood.” Through this scripture and also looking at the parable of the Good Samaritan, we learned to look forward with ‘harvest eyes’ and be compassionate and loving to those around us. The phrase “too much lamb for my house” prompts us to question what we are doing in order to reach other people for the gospel at our tables in our homes. When we start to see our neighbor as Jesus does, it radically changes the way we live and love.

Through 2 Corinthians 4:4, Randy spoke on how unbelievers have blinded eyes and therefore are not able to see the light of the gospel. Everyone around us that does not know the Lord is in one of these four categories of lostness:

1. “I’m lost and I don’t know it.”
These are people who may be prospering, highly educated, affluent and can also be the biggest challenge of those to reach.

2. “I feel a bit disoriented- I feel uneasy.”

3. “I believe there is something else for me – I don’t know what.”
These are people who are completely open to the concept of needing something bigger than them.

4. “I am screaming, ‘HELP ME!'”
Easiest people to tell about Jesus because they are looking for answers.

Discussion Questions:

● What actions can you take to have an open table in your home? Who can you invite to dine at your table?

● Discuss what it means to have harvest eyes? Do you have harvest eyes?

● What does it mean to have “too much lamb for my house”?

● Think of people you may know that fit into one of the four categories of lostness and talk about ways that you can reach them for the kingdom.

An Honest Table

Restore-The-TableScripture Passage: 1 Timothy 1:5

This morning we continued to “Restore the Table” as Pastor Ryan focused on the text of 1 Timothy 1:5. God is calling us into lasting relationships and one very practical way to do this is through having meaningful meals each week.  The sermon centered on dispelling three lies that rob us of Biblical loving relationships:

  1. “They don’t have to know everything.”— Loving relationships are honest and strive towards integrity.
  2. “I have enough needs of my own right now.”— Loving relationships are selfless relationships.
  3. “Our goal is to connect.”— Loving relationships are God-centered, not centered on us.

As we focus on the habit of “train” this month, let’s practice training ourselves to seek out Biblical, loving relationships with those around us for the glory of God.  Here are some discussion ideas for your meaningful mealtime today:

  • Why would the enemy want to feed us lies concerning Biblical relationships?
  • When we draw closer to God, how does that help us draw closer to those around us (think about the Triangle illustration from Pastor Ryan)?
  • What is one way that you can practice selflessness this week towards a person in your life?

Close in prayer: Thank the Lord for creating relationships and for wanting a relationship with us. Ask Him to help us create honest, selfless, God-centered relationships this week.

The Training Table

Restore-The-TableScripture Passage: Ephesians 4:20-22

Scripture tells us in 1Timonthy 4:7-8 to be active in spiritual training. Spiritual training is essential for us to grow closer to God and the table is an awesome place to train.

How to Train

There is a pattern and steps to spiritual training:

Step 1 Look to the person of Christ (vs.20)

Discuss the attributes of God while sharing meals this week with your friends and family. For example, talk about the faithfulness of God in your life or how God’s forgiveness has changed your life.

Step 2 Look to the promises of God (vs.21)

Continue your conversation at the table by encouraging one another in God’s promises. For example, what does God’s Word tell us about how to view a challenge we are currently facing in our own lives.

Step 3 Look for the practice of obedience (vs.23)

After talking about the attributes of God and the promises of God discuss how to follow God by practicing obedience. Look to scripture to find direction and ask the Holy Sprit to help you be obedient.

The Sequence of the Steps

● Always start with the person of Christ

 The key to effective spiritual training is the order in which we train. If we start with seeking knowledge and trying to practice obedience before receiving the grace and love of Christ then our training becomes religious and prideful. Starting with trying to know more or trying to obey God pulls us away from God. Receiving God’s love and grace grows us closer to God and makes us spiritually stronger.

What adjustments do you need to make in spiritual training? Does your training begin with looking to Christ or does your training start with seeking knowledge and practicing obedience?

Talk about this question around the table with your friends/family this week. Allow God to use this question to restore the table!

The Goal of the Training 

Our goal of spiritual training is to become passionate in our love for Christ.

As we look to Christ for true fulfillment, seek to know the promises of God in His Word and practice following Him we grow spirit stronger and look more like Christ (Ephesians 5:1-2).

Restore the Table

Restore-The-TableScripture: Acts 2:46-47

Studies indicate that the frequency of family meals have declined by 33% over the past 20 years. Studies also show that children are more well-adjusted when families eat together at least 5 times a week.

There is a theology of  food in the Bible — verses that speak about the role of meals in daily life. Meals together in the Bible signify two things:

1. Identification — In Psalm 34:8 we are told to “taste and see that the Lord is good.” In the Old Testament, the people ate animals that were sacrificed to God. In the New Testament, the Lord’s Supper was a way to identify with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.

2. Connection — Food provides opportunities for fellowship. According to Acts 2, meals played an important role in making and strengthening connections with others. Jesus shared many meals with those He met, including sinners. These meal times provided an opportunity for Him to express interest in others and to speak into their lives.

Fellowship is a key component of meal times in many cultures around the world. Our culture is different in that we tend to eat quickly instead of seeing meal times as opportunities for fellowship with those seated at our table.

Meaningful meals have three key components:

1. Social — Meals should be technology free and give us a chance to really interact with the people seated around the table.

What steps can you take to make your meal times technology free?

2. Special — Don’t confuse special with elaborate. Special simply means the meal time should be set and regarded as a priority regardless of whether it is at breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

What is the best time for your family to consistently come to the table?

3. Spiritual — Meals in the days of the early church involved praising God.

How can you lead those seated around your table to give praise and thanks to God?

It’s time we reclaim the table! Pastor Ryan challenged us to have 5 meaningful meals together each week over the next 6 weeks. Meals don’t need to be at home, but they do need to be social, special, and spiritual.

New Faith Talk cards are available at Kingsland. These cards provide prompts that can lead you to have meaningful conversations with those seated at your table.

Revelation 3:20 says, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” Sharing meals is important. Let’s start now to Restore the Table!