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If you have not had a chance to listen to the sermon, or if you need help as you work through the study this week, you can listen to the sermon here: Community of Outreach & Hospitality
As Christians, we are called to be a people that displays and demonstrates God's glory in the way that we love others. This extends not just to those we are comfortable around, but to strangers and would-be enemies as well. Think about your own hospitality, are there certain people who you ignore or neglect that you need to reach out to with the love of Christ?
Because of the way Christ has loved us, we are called to show extra care for those around us, even without knowing if they "deserve" it by our standards. How would this make your daily life look different, if you were living in this way? Think through a normal day of work, being in your neighborhood, grocery shopping etc and consider what opportunities to be hospitable that you may be missing.
In the sermon, Pastor Kort identified many reasons people have for not showing special care and hospitality to others and also how the answer to each of those concerns is found in Christ. In prayer this week ask God to reveal to you what specific motivations might keep you from reaching out to others with the love of Christ.
"The critical ingredient to hospitality is experiencing the love of God in the person of Jesus." If you are not being hospitable, what steps will you take to remember, and rest in the love of Christ that has been shown to you?
During the message on Sunday Pastor Kort outlined several small ways that we could work towards being more hospitable people. These are practical shifts to make in your daily life, towards being a more hospitable member of the body of Christ.
-Create a list of resources God has given you. Ask God to reveal how you can leverage those for the good of your neighbor.
-Discuss at dinner new people God has brought into your life in the last calendar year.
-Next time you see your neighbor, talk to them.
-Reach out to a person you don't know at Sunday gathering and tell them you are glad that they are here.
-Keep an eye out in your daily life for people who look alone and lost.
-Notice the body language of servers and baristas, as to pray for them when you pray for your meal. You could say something like: "We are already going to be praying, can we pray for you about something?"
-Call a member of your Home Group to check on them.
Hospitality is not a conditional respect but provides care and honor whether the person deserves it or not. - Kort Marley
"You are worse than you think but Christ's love is sweeter than you can fathom." - Kort Marley
Our prayer is that this sermon study guide will help you in your spiritual growth. As you read and pray through these passages, we encourage you to take your study into community as well. Talk to your friends and family about what you are learning and make sharing your faith by the power of the Holy Spirit a part of your growth in Him.
We have a playlist on Spotify, including some of the songs we will be singing together at gatherings this Summer. If you'd like to listen to these songs at home or on the go you can listen on Spotify here.