Every church strives to be a friendly, welcoming church … to have an “open door policy.” Grace Church is no exception. To help us to grow in this area, on Sunday mornings, January 14th, 21st, and the 28th, we took a look at what the Bible teaches about hospitality. Now some of you might be confused at hearing this. The Bible actually has something to say about showing hospitality? Yes, it does! Numerous times! It is the forgotten command in Scripture.
But why is hospitality commanded in the Bible? Why should it be important to our Christian faith? What does it have to do with following Jesus? Alexander Strauch, in his excellent book, The Hospitality Commands, answers these and many other questions. He writes, “As Bible believing Christians, we need to rediscover the New Testament’s dynamic teaching on hospitality. We need to awaken Christians to their scriptural duty to practice hospitality. We need to show the rich blessings that await all who practice hospitality. We need a fresh vision of hospitality’s potential for strengthening our churches and for reaching our neighbors and friends with the Gospel.”
We at Grace Church know we have much work to do in this area. This is why we set aside three Sundays mornings to focus on what God has to say about this often neglected command to practice hospitality. Now in the month of February (and beyond!) we are going to take some intentional steps toward putting into practice what we have learned. As Strauch points out, “The belief that hospitality is important and the actual practice of hospitality are two different things. Many Christians never advance beyond the theory level.” We don’t want to be numbered among the theorists when it comes to hospitality. Our desire is to open our church, our homes and our lives to others as we obey the command to be hospitable!
Our Sunday morning services are held at 9:00 and 10:30 – both in our newly renovated sanctuary. If you decide to join us, we trust you will find a group of people who not only love God but love people, too! Our desire is that you feel welcome and wanted as soon as you walk through our door!