Instructions & Discussion Questions
Please make sure to open in prayer and go around and introduce yourselves. Then go ahead and watch the video. Following the video read the questions and quotes provided to prompt discussion.
Introductions & Opening Prayer
Please make sure to open in prayer after introduce yourselves.
Introduce yourselves again because sometimes we forget names after just one week. 😉
Suggested Opening Prayer-
We saw a stranger yesterday.
We put food in the eating place,
Drink in the drinking place,
Music in the listening place,
And with the sacred name of the triune God
He blessed us and our house,
Our cattle and our dear ones.
As the lark says in her song:
Often, often, often, goes the Christ
In the stranger’s guise.
– Celtic Rune of Hospitality
Play the video
Quote from Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition by Christine D Pohl
“For much of church history, hospitality was offered from within the home or the church. After the Middle Ages, hospitality faded as a significant moral practice, and changes in the household, church, and economy affected understandings of hospitality. Since that time there have been scattered efforts by Christians to recover hospitality as a central dimension of faithful living.”
- Read Matthew 25:31-46 then discuss:
After look at the picture of the homeless Jesus statue Kira mentioned. How does that statue make you feel?
How does it compare with other images of Jesus you are used to seeing or picture?
Why do you think there was such controversy around the statue? Would you want it in front of Wellshire?
- Matthew 25:31-46 is the most important biblical text for Christ tian hospitality. Practitioners of hospitality often speak of seeing Jesus in the people in the soup line, seeing Jesus through their dirty clothes and broken spirits, seeing Jesus “in distressing disguise.” Dorothy Day wrote about her encounter with Jesus in a homeless man, “There He was, homeless. Would a church take Him in today—feed Him, clothe Him, offer Him a bed? I hope I ask myself that question on the last day of my life” (MR, 22).
Are there times when you see Jesus in the “least of these”? What difference does it make?
- “Hospitality “A shared meal is the activity most closely tied to the reality of God’s Kingdom, just as it is the most basic expression of hospitality” (MR,30).
Do you see the Eucharist/Lord’s Supper as a significant expression of hospitality? How is the hospitality we receive at God’s table connected to the hospitality we offer?
- “…the scriptures make more sense as hospitality is lived out…the act itself, hospitality, is a blessing from God. That time together and being with others is something that opens us to God more. It that sense, it enhances our understanding scripture and who God is.”-Katie
Why do you think spending time together like this could enhance or rather open you up to God more?
- “…a good actor or actress, doing a role, calls upon experiences in their life to bring out the emotions to of the particular role…I think the same thing happens in scripture. When you call upon experiences in your life when you are reading certain passages of scripture-they just come alive—otherwise they are just words on a page I think” –John
Has something like this every happen to you while reading scripture? How can ‘calling upon your own experience’ help your understanding of scripture? How can it hurt?
- Read the explicit New Testament teachings on hospitality:Romans 12:13; Hebrew 13:2; 1 Peter 4:9; 1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:8. Who is responsible for hospitality? What do we learn about its practice?
- There are a number of reasons why offering hospitality to strangers can be difficult. Why is it sometimes also difficult to offer hospitality to family, friends, and acquaintances?
- Identify people in your life who warmly welcome strangers and others in need. What do they do? How are they viewed by other people?
- “…seeing the face of God in others, that is a spiritual practice/discipline. It takes work. It is a challenge”
While hospitality is essential, not everyone is particularly gifted in this area. In what ways should it or should it not matter if we are “gifted” in the work of hospitality?
Suggested Closing Prayer-READ IT ALOUD TOGETHER
True evangelical faith cannot lie dormant it clothes the naked
it feeds the hungry, it comforts the sorrowful, it shelters the destitute
it serves those that harm it
it binds up that which is wounded
it has become all things to all creatures.
-Menno Simmons, 16th century