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Some people confuse "entertaining" guests with biblical hospitality. But they are not the same thing, and it's all a matter of our motives.

Key Points:

  • Hospitality and entertaining are not the same thing, though they look the same.
  • Motive makes the difference. Hospitality is about serving and welcoming people, drawing them into relationship vs. creating a great show for people to visit.
  • Biblical hospitality is setting the table and inviting people to come, creating environments for fellowship and the gospel.

Quote This:

1 Peter 4:9 Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay.

See Also: Hospitality

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Recall a time you felt very welcomed by a hospitable person. What happened?
  3. Do you think your culture at large is hospitable? Explain.
  4. Do you strive to be hospitable and to build a culture of hospitality into your church? Explain.
  5. Why do you think motivations make such a big difference between “entertaining” and “hospitality?”
  6. Look over some verses about hospitality. Why do you think hospitality is so important across the Bible? How should this affect the way we view it today?
  7. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.