As Christians, hospitality and the Gospel should go hand-in-hand. While we must speak the words of repentance and faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we must not live like hypocrites and thus make our words impotent. Bypassing simple modern applications of hospitality, Amy Oden goes to its root to show how hospitality ultimately finds its basis in God. When we welcome others we extend God's welcome, and, as salvation is intrinsic in God's welcome, it must be part of our hospitality. By studying the early church's method we can gain a better understanding of what hospitality was designed to be within Christian settings, and then be able to truly extend God's welcome to those who need it the most. Group study exercises are included at the back of the book to facilitate use in small groups and churches.
Gospel hospitality is more than being friendly or having coffee after worship. It's a way of life, a spiritual practice for both individuals and communities. It's full of surprises that change both host and guest or stranger because God's welcome feeds those who are hungry for forgiveness, rest, and peace; that is, for salvation. The author illuminates the spiritual practice of evangelism in the Good News by tracing God's welcome in ten Bible meditations and in drawing out eight implications for each congregation as a station for God's welcome feast. An appendix offers small group, worship, and fellowship activities that flow from this spirituality of evangelism.
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