Sermons From HopeCC

“An Open Door”

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Hospitality is our Christian duty.

Romans 12:13 NKJV distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.

1 Peter 4:8-9 NKJV And above all things have fervent love for one another, for "love will cover a multitude of sins." 9 Be hospitable to one another without grumbling.

Hospitality (philoxenos) = fond of guests

It comes from two words:

  1. philos = friend, active fondness
  2. xenos = foreign, alien

1. Hope's approach.
Our desire is to create an atmosphere where…
  • Followers are encouraged to more closely follow Jesus and His teachings.
  • Skeptics are challenged by the Word of God and the example of others.
  • No one ever feels alone or without hope.

Is HopeCC a friendly and inviting church?

2. The Lot of Outsiders

Luke 19:1-4 NKJV Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. 2 Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. 3 And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way.

Three things keeping people from Jesus:
  • Stereotypes
  • Guilt
  • Religious people

According to surveys, the vast majority of church guests feel like they are intruding on a party to which they were not invited.

3. A Love for Outsiders

Luke 19:5-10 NKJV And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, "Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house." 6 So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. 7 But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, "He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner." 8 Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, "Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold." 9 And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; 10 for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."

A love for others involves following Jesus' lead.
  1. He was aware he was there.

    Luke 19:5 NKJV And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, "Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house."

  2. He was accessible to him.

    Luke 19:5-6 NKJV And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, "Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house." 6 So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully.

  3. He ignored the haters.

    Luke 19:7 NKJV But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, "He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner."

  4. He didn't just talk, He listened.

    Luke 19:8-9 NKJV Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, "Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold." 9 And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham;

  5. He made him a priority.

    Luke 19:10 NKJV for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."


What if a bunch of us decided to make guests and "outsiders" a priority?