Find out who is worthy: Matthew 10.11

“Whenever you enter a town or village, find out who is worthy there and stay with them until you leave.”

Matthew 10.11

Jesus gave what we call the Limited Commission. It announced the arrival of the Messiah and prepared the disciples for the Great Commission. Hospitality was common among the Jews. It was to become a missionary function in the church. The disciples were to judge who was worthy.

Associating with unworthy people gives the gospel a bad name. Christians must be concerned to preserve the name of Christ as worthy of honor.

#votd #Limited-Commission #hospitality

Invited to stay: Acts 28.14

“There we found some brothers and were invited to stay with them seven days. And in this way we came to Rome.”

Acts 28.14

In Roman custody, on his way to appear before the emperor in his defense, Paul and his companions were shown hospitality by brethren in Puteoli.

Hospitality was above all a missionary activity in the first century. Homes of saints were a major factor in church growth. Let them become so again!

#votd #hospitality #Acts #church-growth

Does God find our success literature amusing?

What an amazing and fearful thought: God never fails! Be it the salvation of the sinner or the judgment of the wicked, his purpose always comes to pass. Man attempts, never knowing if his efforts will succeed or not, Ecc 11.6. God works, always sure of the outcome. He must find our success literature amusing. Continue reading

#corollaries, #hospitality, #success

We were on Interstate 10 last Thursday afternoon…

We were on Interstate 10 last Thursday afternoon in Alabama heading toward Pensacola and home. Traffic was backed up 15 miles due to the ice storm in the area. We learned part of the interstate was not open for us to get home. We decided to call a friend in the area and ask if they had a bed we could sleep on. We made the call, and after a little greeting I revealed our plight. I asked, “Do you have a bed we could sleep on tonight?” My friend’s first reaction was, “Oh my,” and then she started offering an excuse. Continue reading

#bible, #hospitality, #practical-lessons, #sharing

Progressive??? A “visitation” program that works!

For years we conducted visitation & local evangelism traditionally – handing out cards of folks to visit. The results were hardly visible unless it was the discomfort of some families who received the visits. It certainly wasn’t producing the results desired. About three years ago we decided to make a change. Someone came up with the idea for what we call “Meals Ministry” (entirely scriptural; put it under the heading of hospitality). Those who before were handed cards were grouped with two other couples. The three couples meet in one of their homes at their chosen time and host a meal with invited guests who may have visited our services, or are simply friends (prospects) or “fringe members”. The only “church talk” is to be sure they know it represents our congregation & positive comments about the church. In other words it is not used as a teaching tool but as an introduction. The results have blown us away! Not only has it created a greater sense of fellowship within the church, it has also resulted in numerous families being added. We have discovered that they want to be a part of our fellowship because of the warmth and fellowship and accept our teachings as part of the package. “By this shall all men know that you are my disciples.”

#fellowship, #hospitality, #visitation