The Ridge Church
Gracious Hospitality
Bible Study Outline for 9:00 am, September 16, 2018.
Locations & Times
  • The Ridge Church
    7350 Old Hwy 13, Carbondale, IL 62901, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 9:00 AM
Welcome Home: Connecting and Engaging People in Your Church

Session 1: Reality Check
Session 2: Open Arms
Session 3: Gracious Hospitality
Session 4: Intentional Love
Session 5: Authentic Joy
Session 6: Going Out
The Point
Ground your service and love in hospitality.
The Bible Meets Life

The world’s largest hotel chain owns exactly zero square feet in hotel room space. Airbnb® was launched in 2007 when two roommates could not afford to pay their rent in San Francisco. In order to make a little extra money to cover their expenses, they had the idea of putting an air mattress in their living room and charging people to stay there. For many, the idea was laughable. Who would pay to sleep in the home of a perfect stranger? But a decade or so later, Airbnb has three million lodging listings in 65,000 cities and 191 countries. These are real people opening up their homes to strangers and inviting them in. Clearly, the thought of staying in a real home resonates with a lot of folks in a lot of cultures.

Gracious hospitality is nothing new. Being hospitable is, in fact, a very spiritual characteristic. Hospitality is a command and one Christians must embrace if we want to live in a welcoming posture to those coming into the faith. Our graciousness and hospitality to individuals outside our circle of friends attracts people to the gospel we profess.
The Setting

Peter was one of Jesus’ twelve apostles. (See Mark 3:16.) He became a leader in the early church and eventually was martyred under the Roman emperor Nero about AD 64. Probably a few years earlier, Peter wrote the letter we call 1 Peter to a group of churches in Asia Minor (modern Turkey). Peter encouraged them to stand strong and to realize the hope they had in Jesus Christ, even as they faced persecution and suffering.
What’s the most interesting place you’ve stayed on a trip?
When has your perspective of others been changed because of prayer?

What’s the connection between the end of all things and being hospitable?
How can our hospitality demonstrate the gospel for others?

What obstacles can prevent us from demonstrating hospitality?
When has someone else’s hospitality encouraged you in your walk with Christ?

How can the truths of these verses help our group be more welcoming?

How has God equipped our group to love and serve others?
Live It Out

Greet. Arrive at church a few minutes early this week. Spend extra time in the area outside the worship room to make sure you say hello and meet people you don’t know.

Host a group. Look for an opportunity to host a small group in your home or to be a greeter in your Bible study group.

Share a meal. Dedicate one Sunday each month to be a day when you will invite someone into your home for lunch. Make this a regular rhythm in your life.
Wrap It Up

Regardless of whether our natural personality is welcoming or not, we are compelled by how God has welcomed us to extend the same welcome to others.


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