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“What did God use to draw a radical, committed unbeliever to himself? Did God take her to an evangelistic rally? Or, since she had her doctorate in literature, did he use something in print? No, God used an invitation to dinner in a modest home, from a humble couple who lived out the gospel daily, simply, and authentically.
With this story of her conversion as a backdrop, Rosaria Butterfield invites us into her home to show us how God can use this same “radical, ordinary hospitality” to bring the gospel to our lost friends and neighbors. Such hospitality sees our homes as not our own, but as God’s tools for the furtherance of his kingdom as we welcome those who look, think, believe, and act differently from us into our everyday, sometimes messy lives—helping them see what true Christian faith really looks like.”
To suffering Christians, Peter gives the command to “offer hospitality to one another without grumbling” (1 Peter 4:9). In describing widows to whom the church owe support, Paul says she had to have lived a life “showing hospitality” (1 Timothy 5:10). For someone to be qualified as an elder or pastor, they “must be hospitable” (Titus 1:8). Paul’s final exhortation to the faithful church in Rome was to “practice hospitality.” (Romans 12:13-20)
Hospitality marks the lives of God’s people. At least it should.
But what does that mean exactly? What does that look like in the hum of Orange County, with lives that run thin on time and resources? Most importantly, what type of person lives out a gospel vision of hospitality?
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