B.L.E.S.S: Eating with others and change the World

By Rick Bayer, May 28, 2023

The Son of Man came eating and drinking. Luke 7:34 (ESV)

When Jesus wanted to explain to His disciples what His forthcoming death was all about, He didn’t give them a theory; He gave them a meal. N.T. Wright

Hebrews 13:1-16 (NIV) Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. 2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

3 Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. 4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.

5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” 6 So we say with confidence,“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

9 Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods, which is of no benefit to those who do so. 10 We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat.

11 The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp. 12 And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood. 13 Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. 14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.

15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

of Hospitality. Hebrews 13:1,2,3,16

So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:34-35 (NIV)

Then he turned to his host. “When you put on a luncheon or a banquet,” he said, “don’t invite your friends, brothers, relatives, and rich neighbors. For they will invite you back, and that will be your only reward. Luke 14:12 (NIV)

For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me. Matthew 25:35-36 (NIV)

Principle Behind Hospitality-your life is v. 3-5

Promise of Hospitality – v. 2

Impulse for Hospitality – into His Family. v. 11-14, 5

Questions for Discipleship group and/or personal study:


  • When you think of the word, “hospitality”, what comes to mind?

Go to the Source:

  • Read Hebrews 13:1-16
  • How would you summarize what “loving your brothers and sisters” (v. 1) looks like? Doesn’t look like?
  • With what sacrifice is God pleased (v. 16)? How could you live this out this week in your life?

Live it out:

  • Of the 21 meals you will eat this week: who could you eat with from your church family? From outside of your church family?