Hospitality and the early Church
If one has never studied the genesis of the church of Christ that individual is doing him or herself a great disservice. Not only did they repent at the preaching of Peter and the eleven but they were baptized (immersed in water) for the remission (forgiveness) of sins (Acts 2:38). We also observe the church being steadfast in the doctrine, fellowship, the breaking of bread and prayers (Acts 2:42). But it just does not stop there the early church was very hospitable!
And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart (Acts 2:46). The early church had as its practice hospitality. Our goal here at the Caddo Mills church of Christ is to be like the early church so we must incorporate this aspect as well.
Hospitality is defined as the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers. When we invite a person or family into our home we are speaking volumes to him or her about how we view them and actually this is done without saying much at all (verbally that is). We are saying to a person I trust you, and I am willing to open up to you.
A person really feels a strong bond when you invite them over and your home is not as spic and span as you would like it to be! For example someone needs to use your bathroom and you say wait a moment let me pick up my______ and spray some______! We all want people to perceive us a certain way but why not have them look at you for who you really are which is an imperfect human who has been redeemed by the blood of Christ.
Hospitality allows us to build relationships and strengthen existing relationships. The bible requires that elders be given to this practice. The Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach.
Here especially we see the wisdom of GOD! If an eldership is to rule over you, would you not want them to first have a relationship with you and not just a surface one but an intimate relationship as only the home can provide. Psalms 8:9 O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!
I am urging us all as members of the church of Christ that meets here in Caddo Mills, Texas to take time and be inviting to saints and non-saints alike but especially saints.