Radical Hospitality
Part 1

July 4, 2021 • Brian Becker • The Greatest Stories Rarely ToldRadical Hospitality

Join us as Brian continues The Greatest Stories Rarely Told, taking a look at some of the greatest, yet lesser-known stories of the Bible, that point back to our 3 core values; Sacrificial Generosity, Radical Hospitality, and Uncommon Humility.

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Sermon Notes - July 4, 2021
The Greatest Stories Rarely Told - Brian Becker

Sacrificial Generosity
Radical Hospitality
Uncommon Humility

“Some millennials resent church because their parents were good at church but not good at life. They struggle attending a place that consumed their parents time but never transformed their private life.” - Lisa Fields

Unless we make room for God in our lives, we’ll never be great at making room in our lives for others.

2 Kings 4:8-10 (NLT)
One day Elisha went to the town of Shunem. A wealthy woman lived there, and she urged him to come to her home for a meal. After that, whenever he passed that way, he would stop there for something to eat.

2 Kings 4:8-10 (NLT)
She said to her husband, “I am sure this man who stops in from time to time is a holy man of God.

2 Kings 4:10 (NLT)
Let’s build a small room for him on the roof and furnish it with a bed, a table, a chair, and a lamp. Then he will have a place to stay whenever he comes by.”

2 Kings 4:8 (NLT)
One day Elisha went to the town of Shunem. A wealthy woman lived there…

2 Kings 4:8 (NLT)
One day Elisha went to the town of Shunem. A wealthy woman lived there, and she urged him to come to her home for a meal. After that, whenever he passed that way, he would stop there for something to eat.

2 Kings 4:9 (NLT)
She said to her husband, “I am sure this man who stops in from time to time is a holy man of God.

2 Kings 4:10 (NLT)
Let’s build a small room for him on the roof and furnish it with a bed, a table, a chair, and a lamp. Then he will have a place to stay whenever he comes by.”

#1: Making room for God begins with an invitation.

2 Kings 4:8 (NLT)
One day Elisha went to the town of Shunem. A wealthy woman lived there, and she urged him to come to her home for a meal…

Psalm 63:1 (KJV)
O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is.

Mark 1:35 (NIV)
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

#2: Making room for God is better in community.

2 Kings 4:10 (NLT)
Let’s build a small room for him…

#3: Making room for God means sacrificing something you have, for something you want more.

2 Kings 4:10 (NLT)
Let’s build a small room for him on the roof and furnish it with a bed, a table, a chair, and a lamp. Then he will have a place to stay whenever he comes by.”

2 Kings 4:16 (NLT)
“About this time next year,” Elisha said, “you will hold a son in your arms.” “No, my lord!” she objected. “Please, man of God, don’t mislead your servant!”

2 Kings 4:17 (NLT)
But the woman became pregnant, and the next year about that same time she gave birth to a son, just as Elisha had told her.

We can’t make God move, but we can make room for him to move.

Revelation 3:20 (NIV)
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.