Spiritual Gift of Hospitality

Hospitality (1 Peter 4:9; Romans 12:13)

Definition:

The spiritual gift of Hospitality is the supernatural ability to welcome and receive those you have never met, and to create a warm environment for people.

Description:

People who possess the spiritual gift of hospitality have the ability to create a welcoming atmosphere that allows people that are meeting for the first time to feel right at home.

Example from the Scripture:

Abraham was commended for showing hospitality (Hebrews 13:2). New Testament leaders are commanded to be hospitable (1 Tim. 3:2), and Gaius had the unique opportunity to host the apostle Paul on his missionary journey (Romans 16:23).

When this gift is present:

When hospitality is functioning in a local visitors are warmly welcomed, and there is a general sense of warmth that permeates the congregation.

When this gift is absent:

When the gift of hospitality is missing in a local church, visitors will struggle to find their place even if they are looking to commit.

 In the Life of Jesus:

The biblical word for hospitality literally means to welcome strangers. There is no greater example of this than the life and ministry of Jesus. In a time when the religious culture of his day ostracized people on the basis of their cultural standing, Jesus was known as a friend of sinners and tax collectors (Luke 7:34).

Do you have the spiritual gift of Hospitality?

* Do you look for opportunities to welcome new visitors in your church?
* Do you look for opportunities to invite people over your house?
* Do people tell you that you make them feel welcome?
* Take our free spiritual gift test

Practical ways to implement and develop the spiritual gift of Hospitality:
* Volunteer to host different ministries in your home.
* Talk to your pastor about connecting to new visitors at church.
* Spend time praying that God would strengthen this gifting.
* Check out our Bible Studies on spiritual gifts.
* Check out our videos and interviews.
* Sign up for our email list.

Ministry opportunities:
* Host Missionaries
* Host community groups
* Host Bible studies
* Hospitality/Greeting team at church
* Follow up with visitors from church

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