My thoughts on David Greenwood's sermon on hospitality from Sunday 12th August:
We are getting used to meeting together as an extended family to worship together on a Sunday and over the last couple of years eating together at the church family picnic has been a really good way of us getting to know each other better.
In our small group we are trying to have more time for social events and have recently spent time walking on Ogden Moor with a welcome pint in the local pub afterwards and a small group BBQ and fire pit evening.
David Greenwood challenged us on Sunday about our "Hospitality" and whether we are standing out as Christians in our neighbourhood. Maybe we can become more inviting and I wonder if we can also use our small group socials to invite those who we come into contact with?
In Acts 2 it says that the early church broke bread and ate together, so teaching, prayer and communion are important but lets have some eating too!
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.