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Love Strangers By Showing Hospitality To Them, v.2.

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What is hospitality?

Leviticus 19:33–34 ESV
“When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

The practice of receiving and extending friendship to strangers

Travelers would frequently go to an open place and wait for an invitation (Gen. 19:1–3; Judg. 19:15–21) The strangers would first be tested because of their potential to pose a threat to the host or community (Gen. 19:5; Josh. 2:2). Because people’s feet would get dirty from traveling in sandals, the host would provide water to wash the feet (Gen. 18:4; 19:2; 24:32; Judg. 19:21). This custom provided the point of transformation of the traveler from stranger to guest.

Travelers would frequently go to an open place and wait for an invitation (Gen. 19:1–3; Judg. 19:15–21) The strangers would first be tested because of their potential to pose a threat to the host or community (Gen. 19:5; Josh. 2:2). Because people’s feet would get dirty from traveling in sandals, the host would provide water to wash the feet (Gen. 18:4; 19:2; 24:32; Judg. 19:21). This custom provided the point of transformation of the traveler from stranger to guest. Thus Simon the Pharisee failed in his duty as host when he did not offer to wash Jesus’ feet (Luke 7:44).

This was not merely an oriental custom or good manners but a sacred duty that everyone was expected to observe. Only the depraved would violate this obligation.

Hospitality probably grew out of the needs of nomadic life. Since public inns were rare, a traveler had to depend on the kindness of others and had a right to expect it. This practice was extended to every sojourner, even a runaway slave (Deut. 23:15–16) or one’s archenemy.

When we show hospitality...

St. Benedict upheld that "hospitality maintains a prominence in the living (Christian) tradition . . . the guest represents Christ and has a claim on the welcome and care of the community." In other words, if we love one another, God abides in us and His love is perfected within us and is showered on those with whom we come in contact.

In other words, if we love one another, God abides in us and His love is perfected within us and is showered on those with whom we come in contact.

When we show hospitality...

...we imitate the Father.

Leviticus 19:33–34 ESV
“When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
Romans 12:13 ESV
Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
Romans 12:13

...we follow an example.

Luke 14:13–14 ESV
But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”

Hospitality
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What is hospitality?

Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible Hospitality
The practice of receiving and extending friendship to strangers
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible Hospitality
Travelers would frequently go to an open place and wait for an invitation (; ) The strangers would first be tested because of their potential to pose a threat to the host or community (; ). Because people’s feet would get dirty from traveling in sandals, the host would provide water to wash the feet (; ; ; ). This custom provided the point of transformation of the traveler from stranger to guest.
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary Hospitality This was not merely an oriental custom or good manners but a sacred duty that everyone was expected to observe. Only the depraved would violate this obligation. Hospitality probably grew out of the needs of nomadic life. Since public inns were rare, a traveler had to depend on the kindness of others and had a right to expect it. This practice was extended to every sojourner, even a runaway slave () or one’s archenemy.
St. Benedict upheld that "hospitality maintains a prominence in the living (Christian) tradition . . . the guest represents Christ and has a claim on the welcome and care of the community." In other words, if we love one another, God abides in us and His love is perfected within us and is showered on those with whom we come in contact.

In other words, if we love one another, God abides in us and His love is perfected within us and is showered on those with whom we come in contact.

When we show hospitality...

...we imitate the Father .

ESV
“When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
ESV
Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

...we follow an example .

ESV
But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”
ESV
After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed.
The Bible Knowledge Commentary 13:5
13:5. Foot-washing was needed in Palestine. The streets were dusty and people wore sandals without socks or stockings. It was a mark of honor for a host to provide a servant to wash a guest’s feet; it was a breach of hospitality not to provide for it

...we receive potential blessings .

ESV
The two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them and bowed himself with his face to the earth and said, “My lords, please turn aside to your servant’s house and spend the night and wash your feet. Then you may rise up early and go on your way.” They said, “No; we will spend the night in the town square.” But he pressed them strongly; so they turned aside to him and entered his house. And he made them a feast and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.
ESV
So it was that, when God destroyed the cities of the valley, God remembered Abraham and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow when he overthrew the cities in which Lot had lived.
ESV
And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

When we fail to show hospitality...

…we disobey God.

ESV
When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.

…we miss a blessing .

Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations 6682 The Lonely Traveler’s Church Visit
Many years ago a lonely traveler stopped one Sunday morning for the worship service at the Andersonville Methodist Church in Georgia. After the service he was warmly greeted by the people. He was never seen there again. Not long ago, in Washington, New Jersey, Robert B. Brown, age ninety, died. Someone commented, “He was a thrifty man who kept to himself.” Mr. Brown bequeathed his entire estate to the Andersonville Methodist Church. His estate consisted of 2,100 shares in American Telephone and Telegraph Company and 740 shares of Continental Can Company stock. At the time of Mr. Brown’s death, the stocks were worth $178,302, 50. The deceased’s attorney, Martin B. Bry-Nildsen, in informing the church of the bequest, wrote: “My client told me that on a Sunday morning years ago, when he was traveling through Georgia, he felt sad and lonely. He stopped at your church. A friendly welcome was accorded him. He never forgot the kindness you showed him. He did not have any church affiliation and said, “I want to give what I have to that little church.” ” How surprised were the Rev. W. J. Stanford and the members of the Andersonville Methodist Church! No one could recall Mr. Brown’s visit to the church. “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares” ().
Why Is Cornerstone’s Hospitality Ministry Important?
1. Cornerstone will have more guests in one year than you think.
Research shows that five to eight percent of our worshipping community will self-identify as guests. Therefore the number of guests is: 350 this year in 2018.
2. Many of our guests are going through situations that make them more responsive to God.
John 5:-1
Most likely to be moving, changing jobs, getting divorced, having kids, etc.
3. Our guests decide very quickly whether or not they are coming back.
4. Our guests represent step one of accomplishing the Great Commission.
these are the people coming to you! How much does your church spend on foreign missions? Compare that to how much we invest into the fish that swim to the boat before we cast a net.
5. A guest who is attending may represent years of prayer, service and invitation by a church member.
6. Studies show that guests will talk about their initial experiences 8-15 times with other people.
7. A welcoming ministry can get people involved in service for the first time. Yes, you have plenty of intimidating places to serve like worship, small groups and children's ministry. So why not leverage an easy place to start?
8. Nourishing a culture of hospitality reminds us that guests matter.

4 Practical Ways to Show Christian Hospitality

Tony Merida
1. Welcome everyone you meet. Extend a kind word to everyone you meet, but also, share your time, energy and life with others—especially those who may need you more than you need them.
2. Engage people. Engage others with the mindset of being Jesus, not just inviting them to a function at your church.
3. Make meals a priority. Invite a person to a meal and serve him or her. Use mealtimes to build relationships and talk about things that really matter.
4. Pay attention. Stop, look around and show kindness to others. Your uplifting word or kind action may change someone's life forever

13:5. Foot-washing was needed in Palestine. The streets were dusty and people wore sandals without socks or stockings. It was a mark of honor for a host to provide a servant to wash a guest’s feet; it was a breach of hospitality not to provide for it

...we receive potential blessings.

Genesis 19:1–3 ESV
The two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them and bowed himself with his face to the earth and said, “My lords, please turn aside to your servant’s house and spend the night and wash your feet. Then you may rise up early and go on your way.” They said, “No; we will spend the night in the town square.” But he pressed them strongly; so they turned aside to him and entered his house. And he made them a feast and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.
Genesis 19:29 ESV
So it was that, when God destroyed the cities of the valley, God remembered Abraham and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow when he overthrew the cities in which Lot had lived.
Matthew 25:38–40 ESV
And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
Matthew 25:38-40

When we fail to show hospitality...

…we disobey God.

John 13:12–15 ESV
When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.
John 13:12–15 ESV
When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.
John 13:12–13 ESV
When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am.
John 13:12-13

…we miss a blessing.

Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations 6682 The Lonely Traveler’s Church Visit

6682 The Lonely Traveler’s Church Visit

Many years ago a lonely traveler stopped one Sunday morning for the worship service at the Andersonville Methodist Church in Georgia. After the service he was warmly greeted by the people. He was never seen there again.

Not long ago, in Washington, New Jersey, Robert B. Brown, age ninety, died. Someone commented, “He was a thrifty man who kept to himself.”

Mr. Brown bequeathed his entire estate to the Andersonville Methodist Church. His estate consisted of 2,100 shares in American Telephone and Telegraph Company and 740 shares of Continental Can Company stock. At the time of Mr. Brown’s death, the stocks were worth $178,302, 50.

The deceased’s attorney, Martin B. Bry-Nildsen, in informing the church of the bequest, wrote: “My client told me that on a Sunday morning years ago, when he was traveling through Georgia, he felt sad and lonely. He stopped at your church. A friendly welcome was accorded him. He never forgot the kindness you showed him. He did not have any church affiliation and said, “I want to give what I have to that little church.” ”

How surprised were the Rev. W. J. Stanford and the members of the Andersonville Methodist Church! No one could recall Mr. Brown’s visit to the church.

“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares” (Heb. 13:2).

Why do we fail to show hospitality?

We are too self centered.

¨ We are too busy.

We are too busy.

We are preoccupied and unattentive.

We could lack resources.

Why Is Cornerstone’s Hospitality Ministry Important?

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Every month for the last decade, the Auxano team has conducted ministry observations during weekend services. We call it the Guest Perspective Evaluation. Here is why I keep this strategic component in Auxano's toolbox. Okay, each reality by itself may not be mind-blowing, but when you put them all together, the case is staggering and couldn't be more compelling.
1. Cornerstone will have more guests in one year than you think.
Why Is Cornerstone’s Hospitality Ministry Important?
1. Cornerstone will have more guests in one year than you think.
1. Cornerstone will have more guests in one year than you think.
Our "information gathering" in churches doesn't even capture the majority of guests. Research shows that five to eight percent of your worshipping community will identify as guests. Therefore the number of guests in one year is: 350 this year.
350 this year.
2. Many of our guests are going through situations that make them more responsive to God.
Most likely to be moving, changing jobs, getting divorced, having kids, etc.
3. Our guests decide very quickly whether or not they are coming back.
4. Our guests represent step one of accomplishing the Great Commission.
These are the people coming to us! How much does our church spend on foreign missions? Compare that to how much we invest into the fish that swim to the boat before we cast a net.
5. A guest who is attending may represent years of prayer, service and invitation by a church member.
6. Studies show that guests will talk about their initial experiences 8-15 times with other people.
7. A welcoming ministry can get people involved in service for the first time. Yes, you have plenty of intimidating places to serve like worship, small groups and children's ministry. So why not leverage an easy place to start?
8. Nourishing a culture of hospitality reminds us that guests matter.

4 Practical Ways to Show Christian Hospitality

Tony Merida
1. Welcome everyone you meet. Extend a kind word to everyone you meet, but also, share your time, energy and life with others—especially those who may need you more than you need them.
2. Engage people. Engage others with the mindset of being Jesus, not just inviting them to a function at your church.
3. Make meals a priority. Invite a person to a meal and serve him or her. Use mealtimes to build relationships and talk about things that really matter.
4. Pay attention.  Stop, look around and show kindness to others. Your uplifting word or kind action may change someone's life forever
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