May 13, 2018
BELLS Series - The Five Habits of Highly Missional People
“Eating with Strangers”
Genesis 18:1-15; Hebrews 13:1-3
“A community of believers being transformed by the love of Jesus bringing hope, healing and good news in a broken world.”
1. Abraham practiced the gift of hospitality, receiving affirmation of a p__________.
“Is anything too hard for the Lord?” Genesis 18:14
“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers,…” Hebrews 13:2
2. Mothers practice the gift of hospitality around a table, giving a sense of ________.
“Who is coming over after church?”
“Butter cake was her currency for hospitality and fellowship.”
3. Jesus responded to invitations of hospitality and ate with other p_________.
Matthew 9:9-13: Jesus eating with Matthew and the Tax Collectors
Luke 14:1-24: Jesus challenges gestures of hospitality
Luke 19:1-10: Jesus invited himself into the house of Zacchaeus.
4. Eating together has long been part of early Christian Church p__________.
I Corinthians 11:17-34: the church of Corinth often ate together
The Sacrament of communion is celebrated around food.
5. The second Habit of Highly Missional People is to eat with other p_________.
I will Eat with three people this week, one being unchurched.
Begin with a weekly coffee or BBQ.
“Come and See, Our World Belongs to God,” has a food component with it.
The ALPHA program is designed around a weekly meal.
Small Group Questions:
“A community of believers being transformed by the love of Jesus bringing hope, healing and good news in a broken world."
1. Describe what meals were like around your family table growing up.
2. How did your parents use food to practice hospitality in your home?
3. What is one of the more memorable dinner invitations you received?
4. What are some ways you could practice hospitality with neighbors?
5. Where could you practice the teaching of Jesus, to invite someone who would more than likely not be able to invite you back?
6. How could you bless someone with food this week?