A. If a brother contacted you and wanted to stay with you, how would you feel (Philemon 1:20-22)?
- Not just an elder, but all of us should be servants of one another (John 13:3-17 and Galatians 5:13-14).
- There is a mindset to all of this (Hebrews 13:3).
- Our Lord’s perspective is that, when you do or don’t do right things to His people you are doing it to Him (Matthew 25:31-40 and Acts 9:1-5).
- If you say you love your brethren, does your actions indicate such (James 2:14-17 and I John 3:11-18)?
- We must learn and grow in brotherly love (II Peter 1:3-7).
- You cannot love the Lord without loving your brethren (I John 4:20-21).
II. Body: Given To / A Lover Of, Hospitality (I Timothy 3:2 and Titus 1:8).
A. “Given to hospitality” or “a lover of hospitality” [same Greek word] means: “fond of guests, i.e. hospitable: — given to (lover of, use) hospitality” (Strong’s # 5382).
- Expected of all saints (I Peter 4:8-11).
- Shown in various examples (Genesis 18:1-8, Acts 10:5-6, Acts 16:14-15, Acts 28:1-10, etc.).
- Early teachers depended on the hospitality of others (Luke 10:1-12).
- Willing to host brethren that may come to us from outside the congregation (Romans 16:23 and III John 1:1-8).
- In talking about strangers, that doesn’t mean you know nothing about them (Romans 16:1-2).
- The fact is, we do need to know some things about those proclaiming to be brethren before we are hospitable (II John 1:6-11).
- In this, one must have a mindset that “it is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).
- An elder, and all of us, need to be more about others than ourselves (Romans 15:1-3, I Corinthians 10:33, Galatians 6:9-10, Ephesians 4:28, and Philippians 2:19-30).
III. Conclusion: Romans 12:9-16