"the hospitality commands"

>> March 3, 2009

Although I grew up in a home that placed high emphasis on welcoming people and making them feel comfortable, I hadn't stopped to think much about the scriptural basis for my hospitality as a Christian.

Until I read "The Hospitality Commands" by Alexander Strauch, that is.

This little 64-page book got me thinking. About how hospitality helps to promote biblical brotherly love - especially in places where people rarely gather outside the weekly morning church service.

It also stimulated my thoughts on how we can disciple others through having open homes. There's something beautifully bonding about creating friendships inside the home - it makes us more transparent and authentic. It's actually how my own parents became Christians - through the hospitality of believing families who weren't afraid to open their homes for ministry.

Ideal for church leaders, The Hospitality Commands will also make a difference among the members of your congregation. It expounds every Scripture on the subject, explores all the biblical examples, and lists the biblical fruits of Christian hospitality. Also included are study questions and assignments for group discussion, making it an excellent resource for small groups and adult Sunday school classes.

So if you want a great little read on ways to be more effective in your hospitality, or maybe on why you should even consider hospitality as part of your Christian life - check The Hospitality Commands out. We'd love to hear what you think of it.

Of course, there are probably many other hospitality books that are just as fascinating. If you've got a favorite, leave us a comment below!


Sandra March 4, 2009 at 9:10 AM  

Practicing Hospitality by Pat Ennis and Lisa Tatlock is my favorite! I'm reading through it right now.

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