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The Table Is A Splendid Pulpit

Hospitality Fellowship Discipleship

Source: THE HOSPITALITY COMMANDS: BUILDING LOVING CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY: BUILDING BRIDGES TO FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS by Alexander Strauch, p. 19

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-29

Scripture: Hebrews 10:24 ; Acts 2:42

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ILLUSTRATION

Famed father of the Reformation, Martin Luther, considered hospitality to be of central importance to the growth and health of the Body of Christ and its members. He and his wife, Katie, were legendary for their open door hospitality. “For the great house was always full to the brim,” cites Luther historians, Preserved Smith, Ph.D and Herbert Percival Gallinger, Ph.D.

Many of the conversations held in his home and around his table were recorded in Luther’s work Table Talk. Of that volume, The Christian Classics Ethereal Library notes:

In 1517, Martin Luther's 95 Theses sparked the Protestant Reformation by challenging the practices of the Roman Catholic Church and the authority of the pope. Many of Luther's books were ordered to be burned as a result of Luther's dissent. Despite this fact, a copy of Martin Luther's Table Talk (then entitledDivine Discourses) was found preserved under the foundations of a German citizen's home in 1626. Table Talk contains a series of informal conversations Luther shared with his students and colleagues in his home. The topics of these conversations range from religious doctrine and history to instructions regarding government, church, and the academic university. 

APPLICATION

In his book The Hospitality Commands, Alexander Strauch concludes of Luther’s hospitable efforts:

Martin Luther proved that the table is a splendid pulpit from which to teach God’s truths and disciple God’s people. … If you want new Christians to grow, open your home and share your love and knowledge with them. Your home is the best tool you have to enhance loving Christian community. Your local church can become a friendlier, more loving community if you—and others you know—consistently open your homes to one another.

So, who are YOU inviting to your table?!

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:24-25).

“They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” (Acts 2:42).

The Return Customer

Hospitality Witness Incarnation

Source: Turned On

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Contributed By: James Miller | Date Posted: 2015-05-11

Scripture: Matthew 5:16

Author: Roger Dow / Susan Cook
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ILLUSTRATION

A guest of the Marriott hotel discovered that her sister had just died.  She was upset and share her sadness with a hotel employee.  The employee, named Charles, took a sympathy card to the staff and had them all sign it.  He gave it to her with a piece of hot apple pie.

The guest wrote a letter of thanks to the President of the hotel chain.  She wrote, "Mr. Marriott, I'll never meet you.  And I don't need to meet you.  Because I met Charles.  I know what you stand for.  I want to assure you that as long as I live, I will stay at your hotels."

APPLICATION

Christian hospitality is more than a passing kindness. It's an incarnation of God's love.

"In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven" (Matthew 5:16).

What's Your Favorite Pair Of Shoes?

Christlikeness

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Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2020-03-08

Scripture: 1 Peter 2:21 ; 1 Corinthians 11:1

Author: Neal Pollard
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ILLUSTRATION

Growing up, I heard my dad preach a sermon comparing different types of shoes to various people’s religious attitudes. You can imagine the application of such shoe types as the slipper, the loafer, the work boot, the Sunday shoe, the combat boot, etc. It was a clever illustration to encourage everyone to live a faithful Christian life and avoid a mentality that hurts the church.

Do you have a favorite kind of shoe? I’d venture to guess that you even have a favorite pair or couple of pairs of shoes. Usually, you’ll find me either in a pair of cowboy boots or in a pair of running shoes. What goes into why you favor a pair of shoes? Quality? Style? Comfort?

APPLICATION

To make a spiritual point by referring to footwear is more ancient than my dad’s efforts to do so. No less than the apostle Paul referred to “having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace” (Eph. 6:15). Indirectly, Isaiah and Paul give attention to this very idea by complimenting the “beautiful feet” of those who bring good news of good things (Isa. 52:7; Rom. 10:15). 

You would think, to borrow dad’s analogy, that some “shoes,” figuratively, shouldn’t be adorned as part of our Christian armor. Flip-flops aren’t good (Jas. 1:8). Neither are skate shoes (Rom. 12:11; Col. 3:23). Camouflage boots can be a liability (Rom. 12:2). It would seem counterproductive for a preacher or teacher to favor tap dancing shoes (2 Tim. 4:3), since our responsibility is to stand firm (Eph. 6:11,13,14). 

Staying with the analogy, some shoes are excellent if used according to their design. Running shoes are essential to running the Christian race (1 Cor. 9:24,26; Heb. 12:1), but not to run in vain (Gal. 2:2; Phil. 2:16), run with sinners to sin (1 Pet. 4:4), or run after false teachers (Luke 17:23). Work boots can be misused in prioritizing occupation and career over the kingdom, but when used in the exercise of our talents and resources to grow the kingdom they are worn well (Mat. 5:16; 9:37-38). 

You get the idea, and you can no doubt add to the analogy with your own ideas. But, spiritually, what is your favorite pair of shoes? John the Baptist suggests that Jesus, like most all others of His day, wore sandals (Mark 1:7). John felt unworthy to even untie them. Yet, Peter, later on, would say “follow in His steps” (1 Pet. 2:21). Jesus’ shoes carried Him to Samaria to minister to the woman at the well. They presumably walked on water. They took Him to Lazarus’ tomb. He doubtless wore them as He ascended the mountain to preach the greatest sermon ever delivered. Was He permitted to wear them as He carried His cross to Calvary? 

We aren’t qualified and worthy to be in His shoes, but, as the song suggests, we must be “trying to walk in the steps of the Savior.” Another hymn avers, “Where He leads me, I will follow.” Our favorite shoes should be the ones revealing the footsteps of Jesus. We follow Him and anyone can follow us (1 Cor. 11:1). They will help us walk in good works (Eph. 2:10), in a worthy manner (Eph. 4:1), in love (Eph. 5:2), and carefully (Eph. 5:15).

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