CHRISTIAN HOSPITALITY (Adult Lesson 10).

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Topic: Christian Hospitality

Text: -2 Kings4:8-18

 Memory Verse - "Use hospitality one to another without grudging, As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God." 1 Peter 4: 9-10

INTRODUCTION

Christian Hospitality is the friendly, generous reception and entertainment of guest, visitors, or strangers. To be hospitable is to offer a home away from home to meet needs and offer rest to those in need. Paul urged the Corinthian brethren to shelter and support Epaphroditus, one of the brothers in Christ, during his visit to the church in Corinth. Phil 2:28-30. May the Lord help us to make our home/church a happy welcome to guest and visitors in Jesus' name.

Text Review - 2nd Kings 4:8-17

Few things are to be noted in this passage.

i. Hospitality to God's people should be considered as duty by every Christian. Not only the great alone but also the small. 2 Kings 4:8.

 ii. Hospitality can take form of food (bread) or lodging accommodation with facilities. 2 Kings 4: 1 0

iii. Making men of God comfortable through agreement between husband and wife can solve age-long problem. 2nd Kings 4:9-10, 15-16

iv. The cost of hospitality cannot be compared with the benefit therein.

For instance, the cost of providing bread and accommodation once in a while is lesser than the benefit of receiving a male child tone’s old age. 2nd Kings 4:17.

A) WHY IS CHRISTIAN HOSPITALITY NECESSARY?

i. God commands it- Deut. 10:19; Rom. 12:13; 15:25-27.

ii. It is a key to receiving miracles. Genesis 18:2-14.

iii. You can entertain angels unknowingly. Heb. 13:2

iv. You can win sinners to Christ through hospitality. Luke 7:36-39; I Cor. 10:31; 2 Corinthians 9:1

B).CHRIST WAS ENTERTAINED IN VARIOUS HOMES; e.g.

The household of Matthew entertained Jesus Christ. Matt 9: 10.

The household of Simon the leper entertained Jesus. Mark 14:3.

He was entertained by Martha and Mary household. Luke 10:38

A particular Pharisee entertained Him by requesting Him to eat with him. Luke 7:36

The household of Zachaeus showed hospitality to Him. Luke 19:5-7

C).EXAMPLES  OF HOSPITALITY AND RESULTS

The following are some instances of hospitality in the Bible.

i. Abraham's house                   - Genesis 18:4

il. Lot's house                             - Genesis 19:2

Iii. Laban's house                      - Genesis 24:31

iv. Shunamite woman              - 2nd Kings 4:8-18

v. Dorcas                                      -Acts 9:36-39

vi. Lydia                                        -Acts 16:15

vii. Keeper of prison                   -Acts 16:34

viii. Phebe                                   - Romans 16:1-2

ix. Churches of Macedonia      - 2 Cor. 8: 1-4

 

D). What are the benefits of hospitality?

1. Christian Hospitality reflects the Gospel.

Faithful Christians are—and have always been—a strange minority in a hostile world. Redeemed by Christ, we have lost our old lives—and with our lives, we have left behind the history, identity, and people who once claimed us. Conversion starts with the sacrifice of what once was, and the gospel provides for what we have relinquished through hospitality. When Peter says to Jesus, “See, we have left everything and followed you,” Jesus responds with this comfort: “Truly, I say to you, there is no

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