Radical Hospitality
Part 1

July 4, 2021 • Jon Furman • The Greatest Stories Rarely ToldRadical Hospitality

Join us as Jon continues The Greatest Stories Rarely Told, taking a look at some of the greatest, yet lesser known stories of the Bible, that point back to our 3 core values; Sacrificial Generosity, Radical Hospitality, and Uncommon Humility.

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Sermon Notes - July 4, 2021

The Greatest Stories Rarely Told: Radical Hospitality - Part 1 - Jon Furman - 2 Kings 4:8-10

Sacrificial Generosity

Radical Hospitality

Uncommon Humility

I Peter 4:9-10 (NIV)

Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

2 Kings 4:8

One day Elisha went to the town of Shunem. A wealthy woman lived there, and she urged him to come to her home for a meal. After that, whenever he passed that way, he would stop there for something to eat.

Be Open to Spontaneous Hospitality

2 Kings 4:9-10

She said to her husband, “I am sure this man who stops in from time to time is a holy man of God. 10 Let’s build a small room for him on the roof and furnish it with a bed, a table, a chair, and a lamp. Then he will have a place to stay whenever he comes by.”

Make Plans for Intentional Hospitality

Appropriate Place

Care-filled Comfort

Sacrificial Time

2 Kings 4:11-13

One day Elisha returned to Shunem, and he went up to this upper room to rest. He said to his servant Gehazi, “Tell the woman from Shunem I want to speak to her.” When she appeared, Elisha said to Gehazi, “Tell her, ‘We appreciate the kind concern you have shown us. What can we do for you? Can we put in a good word for you to the king or to the commander of the army?’” “No,” she replied, “my family takes good care of me.”

We respond to hospitality with gratitude.

2 Kings 4:14

Later Elisha asked Gehazi, “What can we do for her?” Gehazi replied, “She doesn’t have a son, and her husband is an old man.”

2 Kings 4:15-16

“Call her back again,” Elisha told him. When the woman returned, Elisha said to her as she stood in the doorway, “Next year at this time you will be holding a son in your arms!” “No, my lord!” she cried. “O man of God, don’t deceive me and get my hopes up like that.”

2 Kings 4:17

But sure enough, the woman soon became pregnant. And at that time the following year she had a son, just as Elisha had said.

2 Kings 4:27

But when she came to the man of God at the mountain, she fell to the ground before him and caught hold of his feet. Gehazi began to push her away, but the man of God said, “Leave her alone. She is deeply troubled, but the Lord has not told me what it is.”

2 Kings 4:28

Then she said, “Did I ask you for a son, my lord? And didn’t I say, ‘Don’t deceive me and get my hopes up’?”

2 Kings 4:36-37

Then Elisha summoned Gehazi. “Call the child’s mother!” he said. And when she came in, Elisha said, “Here, take your son!” She fell at his feet and bowed before him, overwhelmed with gratitude. Then she took her son in her arms and carried him downstairs.

Be Open to Spontaneous Hospitality

Make Plans for Intentional Hospitality

Respond to Hospitality with Gratitude.