Hospitality - Inviting Because We Were InvitedHebrews 13:1-6
1. Go around the room and have each member share a positive memory of having a meal in someone’s home. It could be a meal with a family member or a friend.
2. What is it about sharing a meal together that creates conversation and a “closeness”?
3. Hebrews 12:28-29 speak of acceptable worship and Hebrews 13:1-2 speaks of brotherly love and hospitality to strangers. What is the connection between those two passages? (Remembering that chapter divisions didn’t come about until the 13th century.)
4. Hebrews 13:1-5a speaks of time, money and our sexuality as stewardship issues and matters of acceptable worship. How do we view each of these as gifts from God that he has given us stewardship of? Go through each of the three separately.
5. Viewing those gifts through the lens of stewardship, how do they encourage hospitality and fellowship?
6. How does verses 5b and 6 encourage or strengthen our ability to be hospitable and to increase our “brotherly love”?
7. In order to encourage the churches to be hospitable and generous, the writer of Hebrews uses a quote from Joshua 1:5 that God gave to Joshua. What does it do to your understanding of the Old Testament to see that the writers of the New Testament used Old Testament promises to encourage them in their day?
8. Read Deuteronomy 10:17-22. This passage shows how God has always loved the sojourner, the exile, the stranger. The Hebrews people were in this place when they went down to Egypt and we were in that place before we responded to God’s call on our lives. God has brought us in and asks us to bring others in through hospitality and fellowship - what are some ways you can do this in the weeks ahead?
This shorter message is an examination of what kind of father God is for us.
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