WEEK SIX: HEALING
The word "hospital" is hidden in the word "hospitality." These words share a common etymology. There is a link between being welcomed and being healed. There are many examples in the Bible where hospitality healed divisions between individuals and groups.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”
2 Corinthians 5:17-20
How can you make your hospitality evangelistic?
Try out any of the practices from earlier weeks—for the first time, or again. Look for opportunities for healing in your welcoming.
Here are the practices from previous weeks:
1. Doors - "Open your door" to others. Spend time in your neighborhood or connect with others in your home.
2. Tables - Share a meal with someone. Try to invite people who are different from you in significant ways.
3. Hearts - Show hospitality outside of your home. Visit, call, share rides, or host an outing.
Visit: Spend some time with someone in the church who you think has a real gift for hospitality. Learn more about where this passion came from and what they've learned from welcoming others over the years.
Study: Read 2 Corinthians 5:17-20. How does hospitality fit into what Paul calls our "ministry of reconciliation"?
Brainstorm: What are some other spiritual practices that you would like to learn more about and add to your life? We'll be starting a new series soon!