This week, we’re discussing Biblical hospitality. We read an article that claims the key to evangelism in the 21st century is hospitality. Do you agree? We talk about the importance of hospitality, examples of people that were changed by hospitality, and excuses we make for not inviting people into our lives and homes on a regular basis.
The gospel recounts many episodes of Jesus eating with people as he ministers to them. He ate with all types of people. Meals build a bridge between people that might not normally come together. In our experience, inviting people into our homes encourages people to open up and share more of themselves, just as they did with Jesus.
We encourage you to welcome all people into your home. Invite people that aren’t like you. Not only will you bless others, but you will find yourself blessed with a broadened perspective on different cultures and worldview. Many international students have never been invited into an American home. There may be refugees in your area that would love to develop new friendships and practice their English. What about your local law enforcement officers or other community leaders? Think outside of your close friends, and invite someone that might be a challenge.
“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.” (1 Pet. 4:8-9)
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Links and Recommendations:
The Key To Evangelism in the 21st Century – David Mathis for The Gospel Coalition
Total Church – Tim Chester & Steve Timmis
The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert – Rosaria Butterfield
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