Doubling Groups #2: Hospitality as a Method
Good Questions: These Lessons Have Groups Talking
by Josh Hunt www.joshhunt.com
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1. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 1 Peter 4:9 (NIV)
"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 25:32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 25:33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 25:34 "Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 25:35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 25:36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.' 25:37 "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 25:38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 25:39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' 25:40 "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' 25:41 "Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 25:42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 25:43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.' 25:44 "They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?' 25:45 "He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.' 25:46 "Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life." Matthew 25:31-46 (NIV)
When God's children are in need, you be the one to help them out. And get into the habit of inviting guests home for dinner or, if they need lodging, for the night. Romans 12:13 (TLB)
Then he turned to his host. "When you put on a luncheon or a banquet," he said, "don't invite your friends, brothers, relatives, and rich neighbors. For they will invite you back, and that will be your only reward. Luke 14:12 (NLT)
We ought therefore to show hospitality to such men so that we may work together for the truth. 3 John 1:8 (NIV)
2. I am thinking of things you like to do for fun, and things we can invite people to join us in doing.
3. Our sovereign, holy, Lord, boss, God has said it to us in the form of a command. As surely as He has commanded us to pray or give or serve or do anything else, he has said to us, "Offer hospitality without grumbling."
4. The Living renders this "get in the habit" because it is trying to faithfully communicate the Greek present tense, which is not only when something happened, but how. The how is in a linear way. It expresses the idea of continually offering hospitality. Not a one time act, but an ongoing habit or practice.
Here is how the Amplified communicates it:
Contribute to the needs of God's people [sharing in the necessities of the saints]; pursue the practice of hospitality. Romans 12:13 (AMP)
5. If you have a larger group, you might have the care groups plan individual parties. Or, you could to a "dinner for eight" approach where a group of eight people go out to dinner together. Make sure some of them are outsiders.
6. Take volunteers, or suggestions-"Yeah, you would be great at that!"
7. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5 (NIV)
8. I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 (NIV)