The Gospel’s Call to Hospitality Across Cultures
As we’ve learned through our recent sermon series on Isaiah, God holds His arms wide open for His people, inviting us to know Him even when we resist Him (Isaiah 65:2). Mercifully, He has lavished us with grace and love, sending Jesus to reconcile us to Himself and to break down the dividing wall between Jews and people of other ethnicities (Ephesians 2:11-22). Followers of Jesus have been greeted, embraced, and welcomed in the most beautiful of ways, redeemed from sin so that we can join in God’s family and literally become one with Him. Just as we who were once God’s enemies have been brought near (Ephesians 2:13), we are called to join in God’s mission of reconciliation (II Corinthians 5:17-20). Relying on Jesus as our peace, we can bring peace to human relationships that are fragmented and hostile because of differences.
This fall, as part of Knox’s year-long focus on hospitality, we will examine the ways that the Bible calls us to extend the same extravagant welcome to others who are different from us. Through deep study of God’s big story across the Old and New Testaments, we’ll discover how intercultural hospitality is at the very core of the gospel, not an optional add-on to Christian doctrine. Driven by biblical truths, we’ll consider hospitality in a variety of forms, from opening our homes to one another and building friendships with people unlike ourselves, to examining Knox’s practices and traditions and the ways that our community might become even more inviting to people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. In the end, we hope that Knox might more fully live into the vision given to us in Isaiah, where people of God’s church from all nations, tribes, and tongues stream into His eternal city (Isaiah 66), gathering for the ultimate experience of hospitality and belonging—celebrating Him around a heavenly banquet table (Isaiah 25:6, Revelation 7, 19:6-9).
Teachers: Pastor Bryan Gregory, Valerie Johnson, Fred Bailey and Elder Sara Chang
Location: Worship Center & Zoom*
Time: Sundays, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM
*Please check the Knox Friday email for the Zoom link. If you need help with the zoom link, please email Rachel Barnard.