“When God’s people are in need. Be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.” – Romans 12:13 NLT
“Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” – Romans 15:7 NRSV
In the movie Beauty and the Beast, the residence of the Beast’s house sing “Be our guest, be our guest, put our service to the test…we only live to serve.” That is a great description of the practice of hospitality. But home is not the only place we practice hospitality. Practicing Hospitality is a key ingredient for a healthy, growing church. Paul in Romans 12:13 in the Message Bible tells the church to “Be inventive in hospitality.”
What does it mean for the church to practice hospitality? Robert Schnase in his book, Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, says: “radical hospitality is authentically going beyond expectation, to offer gracious invitation, reaching out to others, and becoming truly welcoming as a congregation because we have experienced God reaching out to us in Jesus Christ.” Read more Come Be our Guest!