|"CASTAWAYS AND HOSPITALITY" by Erica Stoltzfus and Carol Duerksen|
BIBLE STUDY SESSION 103
|Bring the group together and discuss the following verses as a whole group: Verses 39- 28:16.
1 Pick out actions that show hospitality: How did the Maltans deal with a shipwrecked crew and captives? What about Publius? What did the Roman Christians do when they heard Paul was coming?
2 According to the examples in the story, write a definition for hospitality. What is it exactly? (Hospitality is meeting the needs of others.)
3 How did Paul respond to Maltan hospitality? Publius’ hospitality? Roman Christians’ hospitality? What does this add to our definition of hospitality? (Hospitality is a give and take relationship. In some way, each party is both a giver and a receiver.)
4 Paul never preached the gospel to the people of Malta. Is this okay? Did he just leave them in the dark? How does this add to our understanding of hospitality? (Hospitality itself can be a witness it is an example of Christian love to others.)
APPLY & RESPOND
Discuss: How can we as a group show hospitality to our church body or the larger community? Brainstorm ideas.
Host a meal for the church, not a fundraiser, but a gift to them. Pay for it out of your own pockets.
Perform a play or host a movie night for the neighbors around your church. This is not “evangelism,” just doing something nice because you love Jesus and Jesus loves everyone.
Pick a church from a different denomination and host them for a meal with your church.
Think about a group of people that you don’t normally relate to and talk about ways you could share hospitality with them. Choose one or more of the activities and make plans to carry them out.
*Note: If you’re thinking: “Oh no. We’re all super busy we don’t have time to add another activity to our schedules!” consider these two ideas: 1) maybe do some “hospitality events” instead of a service project; and 2) remember that people learn best by actually doing something. The potential for this lesson to be remembered is greater if there are some activities connected to it.
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