The Heart of Christmas – Open Your Heart to Hospitality

This Sunday we continue through our Christmas series as Pastor David looks at the story of Elizabeth and how we need to be open to showing hospitality during this busy season. Join us in-person or online beginning at 10:30!

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Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant, and I am willing to accept whatever He wants.  May everything you have said come true.” And then the angel left.”       (Luke 1:38) 

If God has been good to you   

build a bigger __________ instead of a higher _____________.

-Luke 14:12-14

-Acts 2:44-47

Hospitality is not about p_____________ or performance;

it’s about fellowship and ___________________.

Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay.  God has given gifts to each of you from His great variety of gifts.  Manage them well so that God’s generosity can flow through you.  (I Peter 4:9,10)

When God’s children are in need, 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)

1. Remember to welcome your _____________

But those who won’t care for their own relatives, especially those living in the same household, have denied what we believe. Such people are worse than unbelievers.” (I Timothy 5: 8)

2. Reconnect with an old _______________.

Every time I think of you I give thanks to God…I always pray for you…God knows how much I love you and long for you…(Philippians 1:3,4,8)

3. Reach out to a __________ friend

‘Then the King will say to those on the right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.         For I was hungry, and you fed me.  I was thirsty, and you have me a drink.                I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home.’” (Matt. 25:34-35)

Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it. (Hebrews 13:2)

-Leviticus 19:33,34

4. ________________ time for a ____________ or shut-in. 

Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. (Leviticus 19:32)

Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old. (Prov. 23:22)

  • When you invite people into your home this Christmas, include some senior ______________ ☺
  • When you plan your Christmas ___________, include some shut-ins

Digging Deeper

Q1: What kinds of things do you stress about when you are having company over?

Q2: Has the Lord ever surprised you with a “hospitality blessing” just when you needed it most?  If so, explain.

Q3: Read Genesis 18:1-8. What were some of the key components of hospitality on display in this passage?  Which of those components are still important today?

Q4: Why is it that a family gathering can often be so challenging?  What would the Lord have you do to add some peace and grace into a potentially awkward/painful moment?

Q5: Read Luke 15:21-31.  What does hospitality look like in this situation? 
Q6: Have you ever hosted an extravagant time of hospitality?  If so, describe.  

Q7: Do you think the Lord is OK with an extravagant celebration? Why or why not?

Q8:  What could God-honouring hospitality look like in your home this Christmas?  Why not make some specific plans and make it happen!