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Series - The Way - The Way of Hospitality

How can hospitality lead someone to a relationship with Jesus?

Hos·pi·tal·i·ty - the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers.

True Hospitality often looks different than we imagine.

Mark 8:1-11 During those days another large crowd gathered. Since they had nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, because some of them have come a long distance.” His disciples answered, “But where in this remote place can anyone get enough bread to feed them?”

“How many loaves do you have?”Jesus asked. “Seven,” they replied. He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. When he had taken the seven loaves and given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people, and they did so. They had a few small fish as well; he gave thanks for them also and told the disciples to distribute them. The people ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. About four thousand were present. After he had sent them away, he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the region of Dalmanutha.

  • He stepped into the situation not out of it.
  • He brought order to the chaos.
  • He used what was available to Him.
  • He gave thanks.
  • He displayed His power and provision.

● Compassion brings a change of attitude.

How can hospitality lead someone to a relationship with Jesus?

● We step into the situation not out of it

● We bring order to the chaos (in our lives)

● We use what’s available to us

● We give thanks

● We pray for God’s power and provision to be displayed

Who do you know that you can extend hospitality to?

Luke 6:32-36 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.