BE. OUR. GUEST. BE OUR GUEST, PUT OUR SERVICE TO THE TEST
I hope you now have that famous song from Beauty and the Beast in mind. That scene from the movie fully encapsulates how most people envision hospitality. But as we discussed in our message Sunday, hospitality is more than sharing a meal, it is sharing a life. God has swung the doors of his home wide open and Jesus has invited us inside to join him for a feast, and to stay in the Father’s House. And as we await that moment, we now demonstrate the same heart of hospitality to those all around us. So what is one hospitable step you will take this week in making room for somebody in your home, at your table, in your calendar, or in your heart?
Bible Project: Exile
The opposite of hospitality and being included into a person’s home is to be a stranger in a strange land in exile. This video which traces the theme of Exile across the pages of scripture both speaks to why hospitality is important for us in our community and gives food for thought on the topic of immigration. [Watch the Video]
To Be (Social) or Not To Be: 5 Things to Talk About
Sometimes we have the energy and excitement to connect with friends and strangers, but other times we just need solitude to recharge. This article helps you and your spouse navigate ways to stay on the same page. [Read Article]
Tearing Down Fences Through Hospitality
In this message from 2018, Pastor Brent looks at what holds us back from being more hospitable and encourages us to tear down the dividing wall between us and the strangers all around us through the simple act of hospitality. [Read/Watch the Message]
The Father’s House
If you liked the new song we introduced in the Modern service Sunday, check it out here.
Message Discussion Questions
We hope the message from each Sunday sticks with you beyond the Sunday morning worship service. Take a moment to consider the questions below, and even better, talk to somebody (who attends the church or doesn’t) about them.
- Sunday we summarized that hospitality is “making room for others”. What is the biggest obstacle in making room for others in your life? What can you do to remove that obstacle?
- Take a moment to think about a time somebody showed extraordinary hospitality to you. How did it make you feel? How did you feel about that person?
- Practicing hospitality in a COVID world is tricky. What is one action you might feel safe to take in the coming month to show hospitality to someone who would never expect it?
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