Life Together: Show Hospitality to One Another (Romans 12:1-2, 10, 13; 1 Peter 4:8-10)
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The practical, tangible way that we love one another is by showing hospitality to one another. ...

The practical, tangible way that we love one another is by showing hospitality to one another.

The message was given on August 11, 2013 at New City Church in Calgary by Pastor John Ferguson. For more info, go to www.NewCityChurch.ca.

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Life Together: Show Hospitality to One Another (Romans 12:1-2, 10, 13; 1 Peter 4:8-10) Life Together: Show Hospitality to One Another (Romans 12:1-2, 10, 13; 1 Peter 4:8-10) Presentation Transcript

  • Today’s Scripture: Romans 12 & 1 Peter 4 Pages 947 & 1016 in our guest Bibles.
  • What people really want is “a cozy social atmosphere above all else… For those seeking a refuge from the world, the cup of coffee they bought was just the price of admission….”
  • What people really want is “a cozy social atmosphere above all else… For those seeking a refuge from the world, the cup of coffee they bought was just the price of admission….” “Starbucks is selling hospitality.” ~ Tim Chester, A Meal with Jesus
  • BE DEVOTED to one another LOVE one another SERVE one another ENCOURAGE one another PRAY for one another WELCOME one another
  • “SHOW HOSPITALITY TO ONE ANOTHER” Romans 12 & 1 Peter 4
  • I appeal to you therefore, brothers, Romans 12:1 by the mercies of God...
  • I appeal to you therefore, brothers, Romans 12:1 by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, is your spiritual worship. holy and acceptable to God, which
  • Do not be conformed to this world, Romans 12:2 but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you what is good and acceptable and may discern what is the will of God, perfect.
  • Love one another with brotherly Romans 12:10 affection. Out do one another in showing honor.
  • Contribute to the needs of the saints Romans 12:13 and seek to show hospitality.
  • = “...seek to show hospitality.” Literally: “to strive after / to pursue” =
  • “...seek to show hospitality.” Literally: “to strive after / to pursue” NIV: “...practice hospitality.” NLT: “Always be eager to show hospitality.” Geneva: “...giving yourself to hospitality.” =
  • Above all, keep loving one another, 1 Peter 4:8 earnestly, since love covers a multi- tude of sins.
  • “There is nothing in this world like self- sacrificing, genuine, Christian love to encourage, inspire, comfort, and build others up.
  • “But how, in practical, down-to-earth terms, do we show more genuine, Christian love and community? One clear answer is hospitality.”
  • Above all, keep loving one another, 1 Peter 4:8-9 earnestly, since love covers a multi- tude of sins. Show hospitality to one another....
  • “Hospitality involves WELCOMING, CREATING SPACE, LISTENING, PAYING ATTENTION, and PROVIDING. Meals slow things down. Some of us don’t like that. We like to get things done.
  • “But meals force you to be PEOPLE ORIENTED instead of task oriented. Sharing a meal is not the only way to build relationships, but it is NUMBER ONE on the list.”
  • The practical, tangible way that we love one another is by showing hospitality to one another.
  • I don’t think most Christians today under- stand how essential hospitality is to fanning the flames of love and strengthening the Christian family. Hospitality fleshes out love in a uniquely personal and sacrificial way.
  • Through the ministry of hospitality, we share our most prized posses- sions. We share our family, home, finances, food, privacy, and time. Indeed, we share our very lives. So, hospitality is always costly.
  • Through the ministry of hospitality, we provide friendship, acceptance, fellowship, refreshment, comfort, and love in one of the richest and deepest ways possible for humans to understand.
  • Unless we open the doors of our homes to one another, the reality of the local church as a close-knit family of loving brothers and sisters is only a theory.
  • 1 KILL THE EXCUSES excuses image: mastertoolman
  • Carl F. H. Henry Theologian & founding editor of Christianity Today “CHRISTIAN HOSPITALITY is a matter of OBEDIENCE to God.”
  • Offer your home to God2
  • Pursue hospitality intentionally. 3
  • Pursue hospitality intentionally. 3 “Do not neglect to show hospitality....” ~ Hebrews 13:2
  • Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone.
  • Expand your horizons.4 image: tiarescott
  • “He said also to the man who had invited him, ‘When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. ~ Jesus of Nazareth Luke 14:12-14
  • “ ‘...But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” ~ Jesus of Nazareth Luke 14:12-14
  • What if ?
  • mastertoolman: http://www.flickr.com/photos/67722260@N03/6166077234/ tiarescott: http://www.flickr.com/photos/80403443@N00/39390433/ flickr images courtesy of: other: Photos.com:Tijana Prodanov / 156888735