Radical Hospitality
Part 3

July 18, 2021 • Collin Mayjack • The Greatest Stories Rarely ToldRadical Hospitality

Join us as we welcome Collin Mayjack, as he 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 18, 2021
The Greatest Stories Rarely Told - Collin Mayjak

Genesis 18:1-5 (NIV)

“The Lord appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day.” “Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground.“He said, ‘If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, do not pass your servant by.

Genesis 18:1-5 (NIV)

Let a little water be brought, and then you may all wash your feet and rest under this tree. Let me get you something to eat, so you can be refreshed and then go on your way-now that you have come to your servant. “Very well,” they answered, “do as you say.”

Genesis 18:6-8 (NIV)
So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah. “Quick,” he said, “get three seahs of the finest flour and knead it and bake some bread.” Then he ran to the herd and selected a choice, tender calf and gave it to a servant, who hurried to prepare it.

He then brought some curds and milk and the calf that had been prepared, and set these before them. While they ate, he stood near them under a tree.

Three details to notice:
-The actions of the story
-The people of the story
-The context of the story

The actions of the story:
Radical hospitality is ordinary hospitality.

Radically ordinary hospitality-those who live it see strangers as neighbors and neighbors as the family of God. They recoil at reducing a person to a category or a label. They see God’s image reflected in the eyes of every human being on earth…Those who live out radically ordinary hospitality see their homes not as theirs at all, but as God’s gift to use for the furtherance of his kingdom. They open doors; they seek out the underprivileged. They know that the gospel comes with a house key. -Rosaria Butterfield

Genesis 18:1-3 (NIV)
“The LORD appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre… Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them… He said’ if I have found favor in your eyes, my LORD, do not pass your servant by.”

Genesis 18:4 (NIV)
“Let a little water be brought, and then you may all wash your feet and rest under this tree.

Genesis 18:13 (NIV)
“Then the LORD said to Abraham”

The people of the story:
Radical hospitality is the place God appears to us.

Hebrews 13:2 (NIV)
“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing so, some people have entertained angles without knowing it.”

Philoxenias
-phileo : to love, have affection
-xenos : stranger

Hospitality= the love of the stranger

Hebrews 13:2 (NIV)
“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing so, some people have entertained angels without knowing it.

The Lot & Sodom Story
-Two angels arrived at Sodom
-Two angels
-Lot shows hospitality, but the city and men do not
-The city is deemed unrighteous

The Abraham Story
-The Lord appeared to Abraham
-Three men
-Abraham shows hospitality and gives
-God deems Abraham righteous

The context of the story:
Radical hospitality is a defining mark of authentic faith.

Matthew 25:34-36 (NIV)
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, ”

Matthew 25:34-36 (NIV)
I was a stranger and you invited me in. I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

Matthew 25:34-36 (NIV)
“Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

Matthew 25:40 (NIV)
“Truly I telly you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."

Matthew 25:45 (NIV)
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me. ”

“Radically ordinary hospitality shows this skeptical, post-Christian world what authentic Christianity looks like.” - Rosaria Butterfield

“Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” - Jesus

At the heart of radical hospitality is the belief that each person is to be treated as if he or she were Jesus.

Radical hospitality is ordinary hospitality.
Radical hospitality is the place God appears to us.
Radical hospitality is a defining mark of authentic faith.