Luke 5, Luke 15
Small Church, Big Mission (3) Hospitality

Jesus and Hospitality?  

  • As a church in Richmond BC, how do we practice hospitality?
  • How can we become a hospitable, friendly and welcoming church to our guests?
  • While the business world teaches us a lot about customer experience, does Jesus teach us anything about being hospitable in God’s way?
  • What is at the heart of Christian Hospitality?

Enemy of Hospitality (Luke 5)

  • Levi made Jesus a great feast in his house, and a large company of tax collectors were also invited.
  • When Jesus was having a great time socializing with Levi and his friend, the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled.
  • They were concerned why Jesus was eating with tax collectors and sinners.
  • The response of the Pharisees led us to realize that pride is the enemy of hospitality.
  • Whenever one feels that he/she is superior to the others, hospitality fails.
  • Pride within the Pharisees hinders them from offering generous hospitality.

Grumbling and the Prodigal (Luke 15)

  • What is special about Jesus’ Way of welcoming and connecting with people?
  • Another story about the Pharisees, Jesus and the tax collectors
  • The tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear Jesus.
  • The Pharisees and the scribes grumbled about Jesus receiving and eating with sinners.
  • In response to their grumblings, Jesus used a parable to point out what the Pharisees were missing.  
  • Luke 15:20 - And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.
  • According to our Jewish culture, the father has broken all the traditions.  
  • Instead of running, a man of his age and position should only walk in a slow and dignified fashion
  • The father even asked his servants to bring out the best robe, the ring and shoes for the son.
  • The fattened calf was killed and there was a big celebration. 

Heart of Christian Hospitality

  • Through the parable, Jesus explained the reason why He welcomed tax collectors.
  • Jesus’s way of Hospitality reflects the heart of God the Father.  
  • The Father's heart is the essence of Christian hospitality.
  • Jesus is calling His followers to share the Father’s Heart and practice His way of hospitality.  
  • Even though the Pharisees seemed to know a lot about God, they were not in touch with the heart of God.  
  • What is our attitude when we see someone we do know coming to church?
  • What if this someone is another prodigal son/daughter, who is finding his/her way home?
  • We cannot afford to miss the chance to welcome the prodigal son/daughter. 

Practicing Hospitality

Places we can make a difference in welcoming people:   

  • Parking Lot - joining the Set -up Crew
  • Main Entrance - joining the Guest Team  
  • The Fireside Room - joining the Decoration Team
  • Dinner Table - joining the Food Serving Team    


The Father's heart is the essence of Christian hospitality.