Ministry @ Home ~

I own this CD , it is from Vision Forum Ministries. I highly recommend it !!! ~Teresa

~Using the Home as a Place of Ministry

Genuine hospitality shown by committed Christians in a decidedly Christian home is a powerful and
needed witness to the Christian and non-Christian community. “When God’s children are in need, you be the one to help them out. And get into the habit of inviting guests home for dinner or, if they need lodging, for the night.”

What are some reasons that might keep us from inviting others into our homes?
selfishness
pride
thnking it is not good enough
or it is too good
don’t want to be bothered, etc.)

What are some of the characteristics of the most hospitable couples you know. (generosity, graciousness, servant heart, well organized, love that treats others as they would like to be treated, unselfishness that means sacrifice, mercifulness that shows sympathy, gentleness that speaks softly)

The following verses show qualities important to hospitality
a. Matthew 20:26,27 – (Servant heart)
b. I Corinthians 13:4-7 – (Love)
c. Colossians 3:23 – (Wholeheartedness and enthusiasm)
d. Proverbs 11:16 – (Gracious)
e. James 2:1-4 – (no respecter of persons)
f. Proverbs 11:24,25 – (generosity)
g. I Peter 4:9 – (cheerfully without wishing you “hadn’t got to”)

~ For House Guests. Prepare a place – prepare a bed, room, drawer, and closet space (if available), towels, drinking glass, etc. If possible, add a “homey” touch like a basket of fruit or a fresh flower, etc. Prepare yourself – Be ready for their arrival. Be dressed, well-groomed, etc. Think through on conversation topics. After they arrive – Set aside a time to rest, relax, acquaint them with the house, plan things they’d enjoy doing (good to check this with them first offer several options),
RELAX!, make them feel at home!

~ For Dinner Guests – Plan the menu ahead of time; make sure you have all necessary ingredients; plan time schedule so dinner will be on time and you will have time to freshen up and not be rushed and harried; plan questions or topics for conversation; be ready to welcome and make them feel at home; RELAX!

~ Guests Just For An Afternoon Or Evening Visit – Plan to have the house and yourself ready when they arrive; at some point you may wish to offer coffee, hot tea or iced tea, etc. If you plan to serve a dessert or snack make it simple enough so that preparation or serving of it does not require a great deal of your time. Plan conversation topics, etc.

In receiving any guest in our home, we should concentrate on them (Philippians 2:3,4) not ourselves. Be warm, friendly, gracious, thoughtful, express appreciation for them being there.

How can your home be a place of ministry ??

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