It's easy to stay out of each other's lives, because living in community takes work. It is time we recovered the biblical art of hospitality.
God created us to live in bonds of society and friendship, not as hermits. The Christian faith presents friendship and hospitality not as luxuries but necessities. God does not save us in isolation but in community with other people. There is no possibility of living to the glory of God apart from godly companions. In this book based on a series of sermons, Steve Wilkins seeks to call us back to the joyous obligations of friendship and hospitality.
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What People Are Saying:
"Inspiring! Having recently been welcomed by a group of people who do very well at hospitality, and recognizing that showing our kids how to do this well will be a very important part of their education, I hope to put many of the suggestions in this book into practice in the coming year. It will take conscious effort (particularly because of the difficulties involved in having little children), but that is one of the strongest points in the book: that hospitality should not only be practiced when convenient or when an opportunity obviously presents itself" -Katherine
"So many people have forgotten the basic fundamentals of friendship and hospitality. We like to think we're friends to many and hospitable as well, but are we really? Wilkins calls us to examine the nature of biblical friendship and hospitality, both of which are sadly lacking in 21st century America." -a reader
Steven Wilkins is a minister of the Church of the Redeemer in Birmingham, Alabama (CREC). He is the author of Call of Duty: The Sterling Nobility of Robert E. Lee and All Things for Good: The Steadfast Fidelity of Stonewall Jackson, and edited The Federal Vision.
AUTHOR: Steve Wilkins
PAGE COUNT: 148 pages
ISBN 10: 1591280664
PUB. DATE: January 1, 2002
Ok, I got this thinking it would be a nice encouraging read on friendship and hospitality with maybe some practical tips. But it reads more like a Bible study or sermon series. As in much more convicting than I expected! Which is a good thing. I thought I was pretty good at friendship and hospitality but this read certainly gave me lots to think about and several areas to work out my salvation more fully.
Really enjoyed this book! He writes in a way that convicts you without being over dramatic or guilt trippy. Very biblically based!
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