Item description for The Hospitality Commands: Building Loving Christian Community: Building Bridges to Friends and Neighbors by Alexander Strauch...
Overview Hospitality may well be the best means we have to promote close, brotherly love, especially in churches where people don't know each other beyond Sunday-morning-only greetings. Hospitality is also an effective tool for evangelism. Showing Christ's love to others in a home environment may be the only means Christians have to reach their neighbors for Christ. Ideal for church leaders, this book will also make a difference among the members of your congregation. It expounds every Scripture on the subject, explores all the biblical exampltes 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.
Publishers Description Hospitality plays crucial roles in encouraging unity, evangelism, and many spiritual gifts in the local church. Strauch shows the Scripture's teaching along with practical hints that he and his wife have learned over the years.
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Studio: Lewis & Roth Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.42" Height: 0.16" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2000
Publisher LEWIS & ROTH #1217
ISBN 0936083093 ISBN13 9780936083094
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More About Alexander Strauch
Strauch has been a teacher and an elder at Littleton Bible Chapel for the past 25 years.
Alexander Strauch currently resides in Littleton, in the state of Colorado. Alexander Strauch was born in 1944.
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Impact the Church and Reach Out with Your Home! Jan 25, 2007
Sociologists have noted that more and more Americans are disconected, and feel alone. We are more and more "hooked" and "wired" up to receive information and communicate, but there is a dearth of relationships. The church is called to reach out in love to a world like this, but how? Historically, one of the ways that the Christian community has always expressed its love to each other and to the world is through hospitality. The Hospitality Commands by Alexander Strauch is one of my favorite types of books to recommend. Why? Because it is biblical, brief (59 pages), practical and convicting! (It's also cheap!). What more could you ask for?
The author argues that hospitality is both a means to strengthen relationships within the church (Chapter 2 "Strengthening the Love of the Christian Family") , but it is also a neglected tool we can use to evangelize our neighbors and friends (Chapter 3, "Hospitality: A Launching Pad for the Gospel").
Strauch writes, "I don't think most Christians today understand how essential hospitality is to fanning the flames of love and strengthening the Christian family. Hospitality fleshes out love in a uniquely personal and sacrificial way. Through the ministry of hospitality, we share our most prized possessions. We share our family, home, finances, food, privacy and time. Indeed, we share our very lives. So hospitality is always costly. Through the ministry of hospitality, we provide friendship, acceptance, fellowship, refreshment, comfort, and love in one of the richest and deepest ways possible for humands to understand. Unless we open the doors of our homes to one another, the reality of the local church as a close-knit family of loving brothers and sisters is only a theory" (pg. 17).
That makes some sense, but is it biblical? Strauch says yes, and he backs it up with an impressive list of hospitality commands and examples from Scripture. (Rom. 12:13; 1 Peter 4:9, Heb. 13:1-2 among others). After thoroughly proving his case from Scripture, the author then seeks to equip his readers with ideas on how to demonstrate hospitality. "The belief that hospitality is important and the actual practice of hospitality are two different things. Many Christians never advance beyond the theory level" (p. 49). The author then follows by listing sixteen helpful hints to begin practicing hospitality as a church or as a family. At the end of the book is a 3 session study guide which makes this book useable for small groups or individual study.
If you are looking for new ways to obediently serve the Lord and step out in faith this year, consider getting this book and then "Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality." (Rom. 12:13).
Overlooked Christian Responsibility Sep 22, 2004
Alexander Strauch has written one of the most helpful books on one of the most overlooked Christian responsibilities - hospitality. The book is short, well written, and has a study guide in the back. The church that catches a vision for New Testament hospitality will find itself having great opportunities to evangelize, find new people wanting to stay and most importantly know the rich blessing of genuine Christian relationships. This book can be used for a Sunday school class, home Bible study or weekend retreat study. If you read this book you will be excited about the possibilities your church can have for practically loving one another and those whom God brings into your midst. Practical, straight forward and very Biblical like all of Strauch's books. Enjoy!
Essential Reading on Hospitality Sep 19, 2003
This is a gem of a help on the topic of hospitality. The Bible clearly commands that Christians actively practice hospitality, and Alexander Strauch here explains these commands in an enlightening and absorbing fashion. Mr. Strauch offers many helpful tips on how to be hospitable, and explains the blessing of stretching yourself to bless others. A very good little book, as is Steve Wilkins' recent release on this topic, _Face to Face_.
A challenge to involve yourself in ministry to others Jan 3, 2002
If you've been troubled or frustrated by surface relationships within the church, Strauch's book will likely point you in a direction you desire to go. Sadly, I've never heard anyone teach on hospitality before - I expect many others have not as well. Strauch does an excellent job of explaining the church's need to demonstrate hospitality between members and to those outside the church.
Most of the book takes a look at what the Scriptures command about showing hospitality. The closing pages give a few ideas for practicing hositality and list several additional resources to assist you in practicing hospitality.
What the church needs today... Sep 4, 2001
Possibly one of the best books I've read in a while, its short, but complete. Strauch puts this important subject in perspective, and gives great advice to those who want to implement hospitality. I recommend this to every Christian! Buy more than one copy if you can, you'll want to pass it on. If only Christians were reading this like they were "Prayer of Jabez" then their walk would truly be impacted!