What Does Church Hospitality Look Like?

There is an old cereal commercial that begins by panning across a field of tall stalks of golden wheat. The viewers then see an image of a large family house and an intimate group of people running through the wheat fields to the home. Before the commercial ends, the narrator reminds us, “If you feed them, they will come.”

I have thought about this commercial many times. As I survey the Gospels, I am constantly reminded of the various ways that Jesus shared food, broke bread and simply was hospitable to those in need of compassion and companionship. This is the mark of Christianity. Indeed, this is what it looks like to make disciples of Jesus. You welcome people to a table, to be present with you and the Father. You break bread together, and you eat the Word of God.

Our suffering servant Jesus goes beyond the miraculous work of feeding the 4,000 and the 5,000, plus more of their companions. Yes, he can create something out of nothing. Yes, he can fill us until we are all satisfied. And yes, there can still be so much more left to give.

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Desperate for the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is at work in us. The Holy Spirit is at work in and through our personal stories, and testimonies. The Holy Spirit is at work saving souls, orchestrating our time and space, the ways in which we live, breathe, and have our being. This is miraculous, and yet I long to see and experience more of him.

I don’t say this as someone who is just looking for a miracle or ways for God to prove himself. I say this as someone who is completely devoted to the Scriptures, and the ways that God has desired to show up for his people in this way. Doing the impossible like Red Sea departures and delivering people from over 400 years of slavery brings him glory.

Raising people from the dead brings him glory. Making promises and then fulfilling them across generations against all odds brings him glory. Sending a Savior to rescue and right all the wrongs of human history brings him glory. Exploding the church from 120 saved souls to thousands in the book of Acts is glorious stuff. This is the work, expression, and way God longs to reveal himself as active and present in the world. This is the way he ushers in spiritual awakenings.

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An Invitation to the Great Awakening

From April 27-29, 2017, I will be participating in the Missio Alliance Conference in Alexandria, VA. The theme for this year’s conference is, “Awakenings: The Mission of the Spirit as the Life of the Church.”

 

I have the opportunity to lead a forum and workshop, but that is not why I’m going.

 

I am on the writing team for Missio Alliance, but that is not why I’m going.

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I’m getting to reconnect with several girlfriends who are fierce leaders on mission to advance the kingdom of God, but that’s not why I’m going.

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