Josh Jipp's basic argument in "Saved by Faith and Hospitality is that "the God of the Christian Scriptures is a God of hospitality, a God who extends hospitality to his people and who requires that his people embody hospitality to others." Jipp shows that the theme of hospitality to strangers is one that has often been under appreciated, but can be found throughout Scripture. Jesus demonstrates the radical hospitality of God through his meals with sinners and outcasts. The early church embraced stigma and defied stereotypes by welcoming all the wrong people into their fellowship. Paul appealed to the hospitality that the church had received from God to overcome the division they too often experienced. Jipp's exploration of hospitality throughout Scripture shows that paying close attention to the text can still produce fresh and exciting scholarship. However, what I appreciate most about Jipp's work is that it is full of practical steps, questions, and areas of application.
Too often, the church has defined itself by exclusion and withdrawal from others who do not share our beliefs. We withdraw from culture and society, and many times we withdraw from other churches because they have different beliefs or practices. However, if Jipp is right, the church's identity cannot be one of exclusion, but instead should embody the radical welcome of God to others in our communities. Much of the book is devoted to different ways the church can display hospitality today. What would it look like for the church to stand against tribalism and xenophobia by extending the welcome of God displayed in Jesus Christ? What would it look like for the church to show hospitality to prisoners and seek to be a place of welcome in society? How would our evangelism change if we reenacted Jesus' practices of sharing meals with others who make us feel uncomfortable? What would it look like if the church was willing to embrace stigma and minister to refugees, the mentally disabled, or our LGBTQ neighbors? If we really have received divine hospitality from God, then the church must ask these questions and find creative ways to extend God's hospitality to those around us.
This book will make you profoundly uncomfortable if you read it honestly and seek to make hospitality a practice in your own life. But, in a world marked by division and difference, Jipp offers a compelling vision of radical hospitality. I hope that this book gets into the hands and hearts of pastors and churches throughout the world; it is an incredible gift and an extremely timely message.
- Paperback: 206 pages
- Publisher: Eerdmans Pub Co (21 August 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 080287505X
- ISBN-13: 978-0802875051
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 318 g
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