The Son of Man came…
…to seek and save the lost. -Luke 19:10
…to give his life as a ransom for many. -Matthew 20:28
…eating and drinking… -Matthew 11:19
Radically ordinary hospitality and those who live it, see strangers as neighbors and neighbors as family of God. They recoil at reducing a person to a category or a label. They see God’s image reflected in the eyes of every human being on earth…Those who live out radically ordinary hospitality see their homes, not as theirs at all, but as God’s gift to use for the furtherance of his kingdom. They open doors. They seek out the underprivileged. They know that the Gospel comes with a house key. —Rosaria Butterfield “The Gospel Comes with a House Key”
Hospitality is expressing the welcome of God the Father to all through TANGIBLE ACTS of LOVE, ideally through giving food, shelter, and relationships. —John Mark Comer
Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality
- SEE like Jesus
…and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him. And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him.
- INVITE like Jesus
And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Shy does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
- CARE like Jesus
- Take a moment to share a highlight and prayer request with the group.
- Begin your time praying for each other’s prayer request and inviting God to lead your group.
- What comes to mind when you think about hospitality? What is hospitality and how is it different than entertaining?
- Read Mark 2:13-17 as a group.
- What do you like about this passage? What is challenging or confusing?
- Hospitality isn’t something that happens in your home. How can you practice hospitality in your workplace? At church? At the ballpark? In other people’s homes?
- What are some barriers that might get in the way of you practicing hospitality in relationship with your churchless friends and neighbors? How can the group help you overcome these barriers?
- What steps can you take this week to develop a rhythm or continue the practice of hospitality in your life?
- End your time praying that you would partner with God to use hospitality to to build relationships, trust, and maximize your impact in this world.