How You Can Warmly Welcome Outsiders Into the Body

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Focus your Christian love outward, not just inward, and welcome outsiders into the body of Christ with open arms.

Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares—Hebrews 13:1-2.

I recently spoke with a man who was looking for a church to attend. He told me about one church he visited and said, “You know, when I walked into that church for the first time, I didn’t know a single person. And all the people were huddled together as friends, enjoying each other’s fellowship, which was great. But not one person welcomed me in.”

Very often, I see people in the body of Christ become so inwardly focused that they forget there are people outside the walls who need to know Jesus as Savior. They neglect welcoming others into the community of faith because they’re so engrained with their church clique.

But I can’t help but wonder what would happen if we stepped out of those cliques, turned our focus outward more often, and extended a warm welcome to those who aren’t a part of our local body of believers. I’m convinced if that happened, more people would respond to our message and our churches would grow like never before! 

Let’s never forget to acknowledge the blessings God has given us and look for ways to share them with others. When God brings outsiders to your doors, welcome them in with open arms. Turn your focus outward and allow God’s love to be shown through you to a watching world!


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