biblical Leadership Traits - Hospitable

Masters Men: Leadership

Biblical Leadership Traits

Hospitable

1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:8

 

Definition

 

“Hospitality” is built on two words meaning “love of strangers” (filo,xenoj < filoj xenoj). In the New Testament culture the idea was opening up one’s home, sharing possessions, and rendering assistance as needed. In fact, the verb form of “stranger” (xeni,zw) is often used to describe providing lodging, food, and assistance to strangers – for instance Peter in Joppa as recorded in Acts 10:6, 18, 23, 32 (see also Acts 21:16, 28:7). This is vastly different than our “private” and “government” mindset. So, the emphasis is on meeting needs, not entertaining per se.

Hospitality is a mark of love and there is also an indirect promise of benefit to the one who offers hospitality -NAU Hebrews 13:1-2¶ Let love of the brethren continue. 2Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers (filoxeni,aj), for by this some have entertained (xeni,santej) angels without knowing it.

This trait is included in the list of things to do in light of Christ’s coming and is to be extended not only to “outsiders” but to “insiders” – the one another group! NAU 1 Peter 4:7 ¶ The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. 8 Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Be hospitable to one another without complaint.

This is of the same piece with NAU Romans 12:13 contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality (filoxeni,a).

 

 

 

 


 

Masters Men: Leadership

Biblical Leadership Traits

Hospitable

1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:8

 

Applications/Questions/Assignments

 

  1. What do make of the “without complaint” (NIV grumbling) qualifier in 1 Peter 4:9?
    • It even sounds bad - goggusmo,j = grumbling
    • God is apparently interested in motive and attitude
  1. We live in a culture much different that the NT. How do you balance offering assistance and/or opening your home to strangers against safety, stewardship, and con-artist concerns? Does offering hospitality require risk? Do you have any horror stories to share with others?
  1. From the standpoint of opening your home to others, how might this trait be related to the previous trait of “well ordered’?
  1. If you are married, in what way might your wife impact your ability to exhibit this trait? How can you make it easier for your wife to help you in being hospitable?
  1. Do one act of physical (as opposed to emotional, social, or spiritual) hospitality before the next class session. Be prepared to share the details with the class.
  1. Explore specific ways you might demonstrate hospitality during the FIRE conference.

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