Sunday School Notes 8-9-2015

Showing Hospitality

Luke 14:12-14

Opening Questions

  • What is hospitality?
    • Is it just being a good host when you have visitors at home?
    • Is it giving of ourselves without expecting anything in return?

Luke 14:12-14 (HCSB)

He also said to the one who had invited Him, “When you give a lunch or a dinner, don’t invite your friends, your brothers, your relatives, or your rich neighbors, because they might invite you back, and you would be repaid. On the contrary, when you host a banquet, invite those who are poor, maimed, lame, or blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

According to the above passage, what do you think it means to show hospitality?

  • Showing hospitality begins with our inviting others to be a part of our lives.
    • It might mean inviting someone to lunch or dinner.
    • Going to the movies with friends.
    • Having a game night or something similar.
  • Hospitality is the giving of ourselves without expecting a return.

Why do you think Jesus said not to invite relatives or rich neighbors?

  • When we have a party, is it wrong for us to invite our family members or neighbors?
    • Jesus’ claim here is that we shouldn’t invite people because they will return the favor or pay us back.
    • Hospitality is not hospitality if we expect a reward and if we only invite those who are able to pay us back.

Who does Christ say we should invite?

  • People who cannot repay us.
  • Society’s outcasts.
  • We should never leave anyone out.
    • What does this reveal about what our hospitality should be as a church?
      • We should never keep anyone from joining us.
      • We should love and serve everyone regardless or gender, race, or religion.
      • We should not expect anyone to repay us for our service.
      • We should not expect recognition.

What is Jesus’ amazing promise to those who know Him and practice hospitality?

  • They will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.
  • Christ promises that we will receive a reward, even when people cannot repay us.
  • That reward will last forever!

Questions for class discussion

  • How many of you like to have parties or sleep-overs or something similar?
    • What sort of people do you include?
    • Do you only invite close friends?
    • Do you include those who may be outcasts in your school?
    • Do you only invite your popular peers?
  • What are some earthly rewards we hope for as we include people?
    • Popularity (we invite members of the “in” crowd because we want to be a part of the “in” crowd).
    • Image (some guys will only invite “cute” girls to his get-togethers).
    • Money
    • Food
  • Should we expect any of these things when we practice hospitality?
    • We should treat all people equally regardless of popularity, image or wealth.
    • In doing this, we reflect God who is also impartial as He interacts with people.
    • When we do not show hospitality, we do not honor God who has provided salvation for all who believe.

Not only should we host parties, movie nights, cook-outs, game nights, etc…; but we should invite even those people that normally would not be invited. This provides opportunities for us to represent Christ and to share the love of Christ with all those around us.

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