Hospitality is an important part of the elders’ ministry which focuses on bringing others into the elder’s life circle. It is a required characteristic of biblically qualified elders and should be practiced regularly.
1. Which of the following verses show that hospitality is to be a regular part of a committed Christian’s life? (pick all that apply) a. Rom. 11:10 b. Rom. 12:13 c. Acts 19:20 d. 1 Peter 4:8-9 e. Heb. 13:1-2
(b) Rom. 12:13, (d)1 Peter 4:8-9, (e) Heb. 13:1-2
2. What is the basic meaning of the word “hospitality” as used in Scripture? (choose one) a. To entertain b. Buy a motel and give a discount to Christians c. Visit people in the hospital d. “Love of strangers,” or to open up your life and home to others
(d)“love of strangers”, or to open up your life and home to others
3. Why is it important for elders to model hospitality? a. Because it is commanded in Scripture b. Leaders need to show by their lives the behavior they want to see in others. c. It is a great way to show off an elder’s humbleness.
(b) If you want to influence people to a certain behavior, you need to model it first. (a) Also, because Scripture commands elders to be hospitable.
What are some creative ways to show hospitality besides inviting people to your home? What are some cautions to exercise when inviting people into your home? What can you do if some people simply won’t respond to your invitation to hospitality? Apply It
Develop a plan for showing love to strangers. Think through how often you can show hospitality, when, with whom. If you are a businessman, think through some ways you can show “love to strangers” in the course of the business day. Select one and put it into practice. Digging Deeper
The Hospitality Commands, by Alexander Strauch