Hospitality: A Concrete Request

There were no questions texted in after this Sunday’s sermon (1 Pet. 4:7-11), but let me share one more thought regarding hospitality and then make a specific request.

When we invite people into a new relationship with Jesus, we are inviting them into a new relationship with sin as well – namely, that they will turn from their sin as they turn to Jesus. However, for some people, the leaving behind of sin is not a very simple process. The process can be particularly tricky to navigate when leaving behind sin requires leaving one’s place of residence.

For someone in this situation, the call to repentance can be a call to homelessness… unless the church intervenes.

What if we were a church in which many of us made our spare beds available temporarily for people in such situations? What if the young woman moving out from her boyfriend’s house, or the same-sex attracted man leaving behind a life of sin, was invited not only into the fullness of life in Christ but also into a loving community among Christians willing to provide a roof over their head for a time?

We are currently looking for members of our North Sub family who have space to show this sort of hospitality. Would you consider reaching out to me (Tim) if you would be willing to be added to a list of people we could contact in situations like the ones described above? If added to this list, you might receive requests to take someone in from anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, depending on their circumstances.

I would love to be able to say to someone, “If you move out in obedience and faith, your North Sub family will find you a place to stay for awhile.” Thank you for considering this practical call to action in light of the command to “show hospitality to one another without grumbling” (1 Pet. 4:9).