Hospitality is the act of treating strangers as family. Being hospitable means giving family benefits –
your home, your food, your love – to people outside the family. So in essence the Gospel is about
God’s hospitality. He finds strangers and makes them his family. He brings strangers to his table.
It is this picture of the gospel that we hope to speak and live in Bellingham. Much of the Bible is
about meals: Jesus’ table fellowship with sinners, the Lord’s supper, and final marriage feast of the
Lamb, to name a few. In fact, creation itself is a story of God making us in a great house full of food
for us to eat. Yet, as the proverb goes, “Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a fattened ox
and hatred with it.” Meals are not simply for eating, they are the setting for deep communion and
for love. And that is why our worship culminates in a meal with our Lord: the Lord's Supper.
The free, generous hospitality of God in the gospel gives a picture both of our identity in Christ
and what our lives look like in Christ now. We are meant to be a hospitable people, with open homes
and open families. In these settings we learn about people’s lives, genuinely love them, and have the
opportunity to speak about the truth of the gospel. One of the main ways we do this is by sharing
our lives together throughout the week, especially through our Home Groups.