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August 5, 2014, 12:00 AM

Hospitality is required...

"Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach..."         1Timothy 3:2

So many qualifications for what Paul calls the overseer.  One in particular I would like to look at is the word "hospitable." This is one that might be overlooked at times; overlooked as to just how important it truly is.  When doing some reading in preparation for an upcoming conference, I stumbled across a perspective on "hospitality" that I believe is spot on.  The author writes, "Hospitality, when seen in light of the gospel, becomes more that just parking cars and pointing people to the kid's area.  Hospitality is the means by which the church, from the ground level, models the gospel to others.  And by God's grace, the teams of people investing in hospitality will set the tone for the entire church so that everyone who has experienced the hospitality of God practices hospitality in the church." (Creature of the Word, pg. 187)

Hospitality is not just a qualification of the overseer, it is a necessary qualification of every believer.  It is through hospitality that others begin to "hear" the gospel of Jesus Christ; that is, of course, when the hospitality is performed in light of the same gospel.  Demonstrate His hospitality to someone today; allowing someone to experience the gospel through you.

In Christ,

Bro. Grant


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