Come on In: Biblical Hospitality

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Opening your door to company or hosting a gathering may not be your cup of tea. In fact, today’s Podcast topic may even cause you to break out in hives because Hospitality may not your gift or something you enjoy. But we know for many, it is and today we hope to dig a little deeper into the true gift of showing hospitality and receiving it as well.

How can we grow in this area if it is not a natural thing and how can we grow our gifts to be a testimony to others? 

Often times, hospitality is lumped into the mindset of a super clean house, a hostess with the mostest, or spending money we do not have.

A common myth is that hospitality is just mere entertainment.

Hospitality comes to us from the Greek word philoxenia (Phee-LO-Zenia)  or love for the stranger. Christian hospitality aims to meet strangers and make them neighbors, and meet neighbors and, by God’s power, welcome them into the family of God. 

Entertainment puts on airs and shoots for the making of good impressions; hospitality opens arms and doors wide and allows us to live transparently for Christ. When we practice hospitality, we live out our real, messy, and redeemed lives before strangers and brothers alike. 

Today, we look forward to creatively covering the Hospitality basics and breaking apart the myths that may keep us from living out a calling to live with welcome arms and open hearts.

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Mentioned on the Podcast:

  • The marriage supper of The Lamb

“Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,
For the Lord our God
    the Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and exult
    and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
    and his Bride has made herself ready;
it was granted her to clothe herself
    with fine linen, bright and pure”—
for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.
And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.”

Revelation 19:6-9

“As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in Scripture:
“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone,
    a cornerstone chosen and precious,
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

1 Peter 2:4-6

“God settles the solitary in a home;
    he leads out the prisoners to prosperity,
    but the rebellious dwell in a parched land.”

Psalm 68:6