HOSPITALITY is a biblical value! Ps. David Cape, early in the first term of 2013, shared his Celebration of Servanthood series at Harvest. We have also been asking our members to sign up to serve here at Harvest, specifically in our Welcome Team. We have a vision to continue to make our Sunday Celebrations as welcoming for our family and first time guests as possible. And so, in that light, I felt to blog my notes from my first preach ever at Harvest, titled HOSPITALITY: THINK VISITOR…
Do you remember what it was like when you first walked into a Church for the very first time? How did you feel?
How did you feel when you walked in and were greeted at the door? How did you feel when you were seated by the usher?
How did you feel when some Pastor asked you to put up your hand so that everybody knew you were visiting?
How did you feel when you looked around at the people worshipping, raising their hands, clapping, and singing songs you didn’t know the words to – with their eyes closed nog al.
Do you remember?
Hebrews 13:2 says “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by doing so, some have unwittingly entertained angels.” Or in the Amplified “Don’t forget, neglect or refuse to extend hospitality”.
HOSPITALITY is a value that requires intimate fellowship and spontaneous ministry. It requires you to have an extravagant Love for people and a willingness to serve and to be a resource to others.
Romans 12:13 simply says “ Practice or show hospitality”.
In preparation for this talk, I got most of my notes from Tony Fitzgerald’s ‘The Glorious Church’ series, in which he gives a common definition of hospitality; “Given to cordial and generous reception of guests. Offering a pleasant or sustaining environment.” Tony suggests that for Christians the more appropriate definition is: “Cheerfully sharing food, shelter and spiritual refreshment with those God brings into my life.”
Hospitality means we recognize “family”. And we need to recognize that it’s every believer’s responsibility. It’s a vital part of who we are as the Body of Christ, as we faithfully care for the people God has entrusted to us.
WE NEED TO BE GOOD HOSTS!
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