Thursday, July 21, 2011
In the absence of an in-depth women's Bible study during the summer, I've been enjoying digging deep into my daily readings of Scripture. I was innocently reading through Hebrews when I arrived in Hebrews 13 and took a rabbit trail.
I have spent the last couple of weeks searching the Word on the topic of hospitality. I've done word studies, cross references, looked at every verse where the word is mentioned (there really isn't that many) and have begun to make a list examples of hospitality in Scripture. I realized this a.m. I've been developing a personal "Biblical Theology of Hospitality".
I feel I'm firmly planted in the Word and have dug deep into the topic....I'm about to begin reading what others have to say and actively seeking out others teachings. I may be a geek, but I know how God moves in my life...and He's moving. I'm wondering what's next...So much to share from my study.
I'll start with just this.....Check out the CONTEXT of the New Testament verses on hospitality. Hospitality is a basic virtue of the Christian life (Rm 12:13 and surrounding). Hospitality is a qualification of church leaders (listed before teaching) and older women (I Tim 3:2, Titus 1:8). Hospitality is a practice we are to cultivate as we prepare for the end times (I Peter 4:9). Answering the question of WHY it's a basic of Christian life, a leadership qualification and preparation for the end times leads to the formation of a Biblical Theology of Hospitality.
I may share more later - so many notes in my little life journal. LOL
Living all of life before the face of God...