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Evangelism A.T. H.O.M.E.: The Place of Untamed Hospitality

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08-Jul-18 Turning Guests into Friends

Change is “Come In”

(Turning Guests into Friends – 1 Peter 4:7-9)

We are entering a new series called A.T.H.O.M.E. – The Place of Untamed Hospitality. As Christians, we need to extend Jesus’ ministry in reaching out to others.

I. Change from the Inside: Be Serious in Prayer

Verse: 1 Peter 4:7

 

II. Change of Attitude: Be Submerged in Love

Verse: 1 Peter 4:8

 

III. Change on the Outside: Be Selfless in Serving

Verse: 1 Peter 4:9

15-Jul-18 Making Room for Others

TURNING GUESTS INTO FRIENDS

(1 Peter 4:7-9)

Last week, we introduced our new summer sermon series called “Practicing Untamed Hospitality.” We began with the importance of this foundational truth: “Hearty Service to the New & Needy.” Today, we continue with the welcome by turning guests into friends. Hospitality is the key to friendship. How can we turn our guests into friends?

I. GRAB THE OPPORTUNITY FOR TIME IS SHORT (4:7)

The motivation to serve is this truth: “the end of all things is near” (4:7a; cf. 1:3b-4, 13c); 2:12b). Given our limited time & tenure (1:1b; 2:11a), we must do 2 things: (1) “be clear minded” (4:7b; cf. 1:13a) – be of sound mind; & (2) “be self-controlled” (4:7c; cf. 1:13b; 5:8) – be sober, so we can pray well (4:7d). Let’s serve, while we have the time!

II. GIVE LOVE FOR IT MAKES US SELFLESS (4:8)

The main motive to serve is this command: “Above all, love each other deeply” (4:8a; cf. 1:22) – show love that is “fervent” (i.e., stretched or strained), to the point of sacrifice. Why love this way? “For love covers over a multitude of sins” (4:8b) – love sees, accepts, & forgives others’ sin. Let’s serve, as our expression of fervent love!

III.       GET HOSPITABLE FOR SERVICE NEEDS A SMILE  (4:9)

The major means to serve is this other command: “Offer hospitality to one another” (4:9a). The ancient world valued this lifestyle & the Bible is full of examples of it (Gen. 18:1-1-5; 19:1-3; 24:31-33; Josh. 2:1; 1 Kgs. 17:7-16; 2 Kings 4:8-17; Job 31:32; Acts 9:43; 10:48; 16:15; 16:34; 21:4, 7, 8, 16). The manner of hospitality is to do it “without grumbling” (4:9b). Let’s serve through hospitality with a smile!

22-Jul-18 Learning Acceptance

LEARNING ACCEPTANCE
Romans 15:1-7

Introduction

Lesson in acceptance

  1. Romans 14:1-4
    2. Romans 14:5-12
    3. Romans 14:13-18
    4. Romans 14:19-21
    5. Romans 14:22-23
    6. Romans 15:1-7Challenge in acceptance
29-July-18 Hearty Service to the New & Needy

HAVING HEARTY SERVICE FOR THE NEW & NEEDY
Luke 10:25-37

Today, we continue our summer sermon series called “Practicing Untamed Hospitality.” So far, we have seen the 3 ways of applying untamed hospitality: (1) turning guests into friends; (2) making room for others; & (3) accepting others with warm welcome. We will now focus on the 4th way of making people in our community feel at home with us (i.e., by serving the new & needy). Using the parable of the Good Samaritan (Lk. 10:25-37), we will learn how to provide hearty service for them.

I. UNDERSTAND OUR CALL TO CARE FOR OUR NEIGHBOUR (10:25-29)

The “expert of the law” (or scribe) wanted to test Jesus with a trick question (10:25), which was answered by Jesus with 2 questions of His own (10:26). The scribe answered Jesus’ questions well (10:27), which receives Jesus’ commendation & challenge (10:28). The scribe circumvents the challenge by deflecting it with a question: “Who is my neighbor?” (10:29). The OT understanding of neighbour refers to someone close in proximity or relationship (Lev. 19:17-18). It commands not doing something bad to a neighbour (Exo. 20:16-17; Lev. 19:13, 16) & to do something good to a neighbour, even to non-Jews (19:33-34). Let’s be willing to care for our neighbour!

II. USE COMPASSION TO SERVE OUR NEIGHBOUR (10:30-37)

The parable of the Good Samaritan (10:30-35) is an illustration of how it is to be a neighbour to someone in need. The priest & Levi (who were expected to help the robbery victim) did not help (10:30-32), while the Samaritan (who was not expected to help the victim) took the time & energy to help (10:33-35). What moved the Samaritan to help & serve was compassion (10:33b) & mercy (10:37a). Jesus gave the main point of the parable (i.e., help & have mercy to a person in need: “Go & do likewise”). Compassion moves us to love the stranger or the person who is expected to be hated. Let’s be willing to serve our neighbour with compassion!

05-Aug-18 Opening Homes, Opening Hearts

OPENING HOMES, OPENING HEARTS
Hebrews 13:1-3

The practical section of Hebrews (chapter 13) presents exhortations on graces that should be developed in the lives of Christians. And as we continue our sermon series called “A.T. H.O.M.E.: The Place of Untamed Hospitality,” we will focus today on two graces that flow out from our love for each other.

I. Start at the Church: Keep lovingeach other dearly (v.1). There has to be a sense of healthy family relationship toward all true Christians expressed in words and actions.

II. Outflow to the Home: Show hospitalityto co-believers and strangers (v.2). There has to be that joy in welcoming believers who are persecuted in spite of the danger that this spiritual discipline can cause to the host/ess. This hospitality can also be demonstrated to others who are in need.

III. Extend Outside the Church and Home: Remember the prisoners and those who are mistreated (v.3). Although the cause of imprisonment or suffering in the biblical context is within God’s will, i.e. persecution, we can exercise this grace with believers and unbelievers who are in prison knowing that there is hope in the Saviour Jesus Christ.

12-Aug-18 Extravagant & Untamed Hospitality

EXTRAVAGANT & UNTAMED HOSPITALITY

Matthew 25:31-40

Today, we conclude our sermon series entitled “Practicing Untamed Hospitality.” So far, we have covered the 1st 5 ways to show untamed hospitality: (1) turning guests into friends; (2) making room for others; (3) acceptance with warm welcome; (4) hearty service to the new & needy; & (5) opening homes, opening hearts. For this last session, we look at the 6th way: showing extravagant & untamed hospitality. According to Matt. 25:31-40, what can motivate us to be extravagant & untamed in our hospitality?

I. FUTURE BLESSING AFFECTS OUR PRESENT ACTIONS (25:31-34)

Jesus ends His Olivet Discourse on the end times (chs. 24-25) with the Parable of the Sheep & Goats (25:31-46), including Jesus’ return in glory & with the angels (25:31; cf. 14:14; 24:30a, 30c), involving “all the nations” (25:32a; cf. 24:7, 9, 14, 30b) & some judgment (25:32b-33) of future blessing to the righteous (25:34, 37a, 46b) & eternal punishment to the wicked (25:41, 46a). Let’s live wisely today with just & right acts!

II. FRUITFUL BLESSING COMES WITH ACTS OF MERCY (25:35-36)

Jesus judges as King, revealing the reasons for the blessing (& curse): (1) giving food to the hungry; (2) providing drink to the thirsty; (3) inviting a stranger; (4) clothing the poor; (5) looking after the sick; & (6) visiting the prisoner. Righteous acts are acts of mercy to the needy. Let’s show good, gracious, generous acts of kindness!

III. FULFILLING BLESSING IS ACTIVE WITH JESUS’ FAMILY (25:37-40)

Jesus replies to the questions by the righteous (25:37-39): “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me” (25:40). The “least of these” refer to Christian disciples or missionaries needing help, who in turn serve as salt (5:13) & light (5:14-16) to people in their community.  Let’s do acts of mercy, because we do them unto Jesus!