Let brotherly love continue.
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers…
“You know what the key to evangelism in the 21st-century will be, don’t you?”
Recently I read an older article at Desiring God, where David Mathis told of being in a class on intensive evangelism and being asked this question by Steve Childers, director of Global Church Advancement. Childers waited, then gave the one word answer. “Hospitality.” If you want a further development of Childer’s answer, read Mathis’ article entitled “Hospitality and the Great Commission.”
Childers is correct. Repeatedly the Bible shows God using hospitality to advance the kingdom of God. From Jesus eating with tax gatherers and sinners to Cornelius inviting people into his house to hear Peter, the Lord used homes to spread the gospel. Mathis’ post shows how thoroughly Biblical and how often commanded showing hospitality is, especially in our witness to Christ.
Next month our congregation will begin a series of evangelistic services called Stories of Hope. Rather than only trying to encourage members to invite friends to those services, we have been urging them to pray for and then befriend more deeply those around them. We do no want their friends only coming to hear the testimonies and gospel story preaching at the services; we want their […]