The Simplest Way to Change the World: Biblical Hospitality as a Way of Life

The Simplest Way to Change the World: Biblical Hospitality as a Way of Life

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Overview

How to make disciples using hospitality

Deep down, every Christian wants to make a difference. But for many of us, the years come and go and we never do. The good news is: change can be as simple as opening your front door.

The Simplest Way to Change the World is about biblical hospitality and its power for the gospel. Since people will sooner enter a living room than a church, hospitality is a natural and effective way to build relationships for Christ. You’ll learn:

  • How the home can be a hub for community
  • How hospitality leads to joy, purpose, and belonging
  • How it grows families to love the things of God
  • How it’s not about being the perfect host
  • How to be hospitable regardless of your living space

Hospitality is a beautiful legacy of the church, and a great way to make disciples. As you open your life up to others, you share in the very character of God and experience His joy. And you get to witness lives change—including your own.

Includes 20+ creative ideas for hospitality, plus questions for small groups

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802414977
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Publication date: 02/07/2017
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 537,347
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author


DUSTIN WILLIS lives in metro Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife, Renie, and their two children, Jack and Piper. Dustin serves as the coordinator of the Send Network. Before moving to Atlanta, Dustin planted and pastored Midtown Fellowship in downtown Columbia, South Carolina. Find him at @dustinwillis on Twitter.

BRANDON CLEMENTS is pastor at Midtown Fellowship in Columbia, South Carolina. He has been married to his college sweetheart, Kristi, for nine years and they have three children: Sully, Jeremiah, and Isla. Brandon currently blogs at www.DearBibleBelt.com and has previously published a novel, Every Bush is Burning.

Table of Contents

Foreword 11

Section 1 The Potential

Chapter 1 Small Things Can Change the World 17

Chapter 2 We Know What You Are Thinking … 29

Chapter 3 The Hospitable God 37

Chapter 4 A Hospitable People 45

Chapter 5 A Timely Opportunity 55

Chapter 6 The End Goal of Hospital(ity) 67

Section 2 The Plan

Chapter 7 Setting Yourself Up for Success 79

Chapter 8 How Do You Meet Your Neighbors? 93

Chapter 9 Practical Rhythms of Hospitality 103

Chapter 10 How Do You Get to the Gospel? 119

Chapter 11 Other Ways to Leverage Your Home for Mission 133

Chapter 12 Finally Home 143

Appendix A Six-Week Small Group Guide 147

Appendix B Resources for More Hospitality Encouragement 163

Notes 165

Acknowledgments 169

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

Praise for The Simplest Way to Change the World

 

“Biblical hospitality is not complicated, but it is hard. It is also unfortunately absent from much of our missional conversation. We tend to drift toward a subtle idolatry of our homes, forgetting God’s great hospitality toward us and undermining one of the greatest tools we have in our gospel mission. This book is immensely helpful in unpacking the astounding realities that fuel our hospitality while giving practical application for ordinary believers to engage in the radical, everyday ministry Jesus has entrusted to us.” 

— Kevin Peck | Author of Designed to Lead; Lead pastor of The Austin Stone Community Church, Austin, TX

  

“We’re living in this bizarre polarity of unprecedented connectedness and unprecedented isolation. If you have small groups at your church, you should encourage them to use The Simplest Way to Change the World. Dustin and Brandon have set the table for conversation all our churches should be having.” 

— Clay Scroggins | Pastor, Northpoint Community Church, Atlanta, GA

“Every moment in life, from the exhilarating to the mundane, is an opportunity to remain living on mission for the glory of God. Willis and Clements offer the body of Christ the much-needed reminder of how it’s the day in and day out faithful witness of the church that changes the world. What a simple yet profound concept!”

— D.A. Horton | Author of Bound to Be Free; Pastor of Reach Fellowship, Long Beach, CA; Chief evangelist for the Urban Youth Workers Institute

“Whether we live in an apartment or high-rise, whether we’re single or married, young or old, we all have at our disposal a simple way to display who God is and how He loves: our tables. I believe hospitality is the way we will impact, engage, and influence our communities in the days ahead, and Dustin and Brandon have provided a helpful guide. I’m grateful for this book.”

— Christine Hoover | Author of The Church Planting Wife and Messy Beautiful Friendship

“Hospitality is a requirement for anyone who wants to be an elder. In this book, Dustin and Brandon unpack exactly why. But unlike a TV stunt, Jesus says, “Please try this at home, folks.” In a step-by-step, easy process, this book will help you to transform your home into one of the most powerful gospel tools at heaven’s disposal.”

Peyton Jones | Author of Reaching the Unreached and Church Zero; Host of Church Planter Podcast

“Is hospitality the secret weapon to advance the gospel? We are all to be “given to hospitality” as it is the currency of ordinary people showing extraordinary love—which is the work of the gospel. Willis and Clements arm us with helpful, practical steps to fling open the doors of our homes and our hearts to engage communities.” 
— Kathy Ferguson Litton | Speaker, writer, and national consultant for Ministry to Pastor’s Wives at the North American Mission Board

“Dustin and Brandon refreshingly remind us that God has welcomed us home in Christ and our response must be to welcome others. Their challenge is biblical, simple, challenging, and quickly applicable: steward our homes for hospitality so others may receive His grace.” 

— Eric Geiger | Vice president, LifeWay Christian Resources 

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