The New Testament Church and Hospitality. Acts 2:42-47

The New Testament Church and Hospitality. Acts 2:42-47

June 23, 2024

Handout for Sermon: PART 3-THE WONDERFUL, IMPACTFUL AND AMAZING CHURCH OF CHRIST WAS HOSPITALITY.  June 23, 2024 Manchester, TN

Let us take time to  recall the definitions of these descriptive words of the Church. Wonderful: exciting, marvelous, astonishing, admirable, a sight to behold. Impactful: having a powerful effect or making a strong impression. Amazing: causing astonishment, great wonder or surprise

Review: LEARNING TO BE MORE LIKE THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH.                                                                           

The Pattern of What Was Important to the Church is found in Acts 2:42-47. What did the Church continue in? What did they devote themselves to?

Consider the 2 LOCATIONS God reveals to us about the 1st Century Church: 

  • There are two locations mentioned in Acts 2: in the temple and house to house.
  • Read Acts 2:46-47
  • Followers of Jesus met where the scrolls were and where there was space for a large crowd.
  • A place where all could come together.
  • A place where a large crowd could meet to read scripture, study together and pray together.

HOSPITALITY.                                                                                                                                                                               The word “hospitality” in the Bible is used a lot. Hospitality is basically opening hearts and home to others.  Hospitality is “love of strangers” and “fond of guest.” Entertain guests, visitors or strangers. Warm reception, helpfulness and friendliness. The result of being spiritually focused in worship activities.   House to house involvement in caring and hospitality results in God blessing the Church. The Church ends up growing and having favor in the community! Acts 2:47, Acts 5:12-14 & 42. Do we not understand the power of God’s teaching about this topic? Do we not see the value this is in the work of the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

Scripture about hospitality:                                                                                                                                          

Examples in the Gospels:                                                                                                                                                            Mark 2:1-2, 13-17, Luke 7:36-50, Luke 10:38-42, Luke 24:28-35

The heart of the follower of Jesus was kindness, grace, mercy, sacrifice, generosity and love.

Example in the book of Acts:                                                                                                                                                               Acts 2:43-47, Acts 16:14-15 & 31-34, Acts 20:7-12, Acts 28:1-7

God has blessed us with a tool or tools to use and to help others.  Our homes are one of these tools and we should ask ourselves how are we using it for God’s purpose?

Instruction/teaching on Hospitality:                                                                                                                                                       Matthew 25:34-46, Luke 14:1-14, Romans 12:12-13, Hebrews 13:1-2, 1 Peter 4:8-9, I Timothy 5:10, Titus 1:8-9, 3 John 5-8

Romans 12:5                                                                                                                                                                                 We are one body all the time, not just at the assembly. The gifts mentioned can be used at the worship assembly but they are also to be used all the time, daily.

Romans 12:4-13                                                                                                                                                                            We are a family of God ALL the time, not just Sunday morning in a public assembly place! Have we institutionalized the Church of the New Testament and forgotten that  being a Christian is a way of live? Our every day life should be reflecting the purpose of our calling and demonstrate our love for God and humanity.

  • The idea of “Crock-pot Sunday!”
  • Learn more about a person in 2 hours in your home than 10 years in a vestibule.
  • Let us grow stronger together.
  • Let us know each other better.
  • Let us see how important and valuable we are to one another!

Conclusion:

Matthew 22:37 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all you mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Read and contemplate on the words to the hymn we sing: “Each Day I’ll Do!” (A Beautiful Life.)