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Hospitality, or showing love to strangers, is a Christian duty (Rom. 12:13). It does not require fine china, multiple courses, or perfectly clean and decorated homes. It requires that we share our time, homes, meals, and fellowship with others—and if we understand salvation as God showing hospitality to former enemies, we will want to do so. Thinking through the practical issues of inviting people into our homes can make practicing it easier. This booklet presents seven ways that can help us think practically about how to follow our Lord’s command in this area.
Table of Contents:
Practice Hospitality Promiscuously
Practice Hospitality Regularly
Practice Hospitality Thoughtfully
Practice Hospitality Creatively
Practice Hospitality Prayerfully
Practice Hospitality Sacrificially
Practice Hospitality Expectantly
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones once said that what the church needs to do most all is “to begin herself to live the Christian life. If she did that, men and women would be crowding into our buildings. They would say, ‘What is the secret of this?’” As Christians, one of our greatest needs is for the Spirit of God to cultivate biblical godliness in us in order to put the beauty of Christ on display through us, all to the glory of the triune God. With this goal in mind, this series of booklets treats matters vital to Christian experience at a basic level. Each booklet addresses a specific question in order to inform the mind, warm the affections, and transform the whole person by the Spirit’s grace, so that the church may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.
Rebecca VanDoodewaard is a wife, mother, and author of several books. She and her husband lived many places before moving to Grand Rapids.
“This is one of those little booklets that could have massive consequences---for good and for eternity. As I read it, I caught a beautiful and inspiring vision of biblical hospitality. But I also got multiple common-sense practical suggestions to help turn the dream into reality. May God use these pages to transform many thousands of homes into welcoming havens of gospel-centered friendship and fellowship.” — David Murray, professor of Old Testament and practical theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary and a pastor in the Free Reformed Church of Grand Rapids, Michigan