Cultivating Hospitality

Cultivating Hospitality

I commend to you a new post at “Outward OPC” on the connection between hospitality and evangelism. Hospitality is an expression of the love of God for sinners in Jesus Christ. It involves far more than opening our hearts and homes to others–it is part of our growth in grace as we learn to show the kindness of God toward strangers. It is not a gift given only to “super-spiritual” Christians. Hospitality is a basic privilege and obligation of the Christian life. It is one of the marks of God’s people and one of the evidences that we are the children of God. I hope you will take the time to read the “Outward OPC” post available online here: https://www.outwardopc.com/2020/01/21/hospitality-evangelism-discussion/
You may also wish to explore this topic further by reading an excellent booklet by Rebecca VanDoodewaard. The booklet is called “How Should I Exercise Biblical Hospitality” and is available from Reformation Heritage Books here. One of my favorite sections in this booklet is the one that addresses the role of husbands in leading the way in the exercise of hospitality. There is a reason pastors and elders must be hospitable men: hospitality is a mark of mature Christian manliness (1 Tim. 3:2; Tit. 1:8).
Another helpful article by Rebecca VanDoodewaard can be accessed hereOne reason we can shrink away from exercising hospitality is that we live in a fallen world, which involves lots of messiness. But Christians are called to roll up their sleeves and get their hands (not their hearts!) dirty as they minister the hope of the Gospel in this messy world. I hope these resources will encourage you to consider some practical ways you might be able to share the love of Christ through the soul-stretching and comfort-zone eradicating grace of Christian hospitality!

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