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The Hospitality Commands: Building Loving Christian Community: Building Bridges to Friends and Neighbors Paperback – September 1, 1993
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Strauch has been a teacher and an elder at Littleton Bible Chapel for the past 25 years.
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The author argues that hospitality is both a means to strengthen relationships within the church (Chapter 2 "Strengthening the Love of the Christian Family") , but it is also a neglected tool we can use to evangelize our neighbors and friends (Chapter 3, "Hospitality: A Launching Pad for the Gospel").
Strauch writes, "I don't think most Christians today understand how essential hospitality is to fanning the flames of love and strengthening the Christian family. Hospitality fleshes out love in a uniquely personal and sacrificial way. Through the ministry of hospitality, we share our most prized possessions. We share our family, home, finances, food, privacy and time. Indeed, we share our very lives. So hospitality is always costly. Through the ministry of hospitality, we provide friendship, acceptance, fellowship, refreshment, comfort, and love in one of the richest and deepest ways possible for humands to understand. Unless we open the doors of our homes to one another, the reality of the local church as a close-knit family of loving brothers and sisters is only a theory" (pg. 17).
That makes some sense, but is it biblical? Strauch says yes, and he backs it up with an impressive list of hospitality commands and examples from Scripture. (Rom. 12:13; 1 Peter 4:9, Heb. 13:1-2 among others). After thoroughly proving his case from Scripture, the author then seeks to equip his readers with ideas on how to demonstrate hospitality. "The belief that hospitality is important and the actual practice of hospitality are two different things. Many Christians never advance beyond the theory level" (p. 49). The author then follows by listing sixteen helpful hints to begin practicing hospitality as a church or as a family. At the end of the book is a 3 session study guide which makes this book useable for small groups or individual study.
If you are looking for new ways to obediently serve the Lord and step out in faith this year, consider getting this book and then "Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality." (Rom. 12:13).
Most of the book takes a look at what the Scriptures command about showing hospitality. The closing pages give a few ideas for practicing hositality and list several additional resources to assist you in practicing hospitality.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Shows what hospitality looks like and what it truly means.
Every Christian should read this book.
Great for small group study.