“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.”
Romans 12: 9-13
What does it mean to be hospitable? Hospitable, as defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, means “given to generous and cordial reception of guests”, “promising or suggesting generous and friendly welcome”, and “offering a pleasant or sustaining environment.” Certainly, each Sunday, fostering these things is important but true Christ-like hospitality goes far beyond greeting attendees, answering questions, providing of coffee and ensuring an overall welcoming ambience. Through Jesus’ perfect work on the cross, we have received transformed hearts - hearts armed with the Holy Spirit. This allows us, when we are purposeful, when we are obedient, to see past our own desires to the needs of those around us. We are able to move past our comfort zones, our bias, our selfishness to truly love those we encounter. This means following up with those we meet each Sunday - grabbing coffee, meeting for a play date or sharing a meal. This means showing up during times of celebration and in times of mourning. This means honest, vulnerable and thoughtful conversations with fellow believers- and so much more. This is what it means to be Jesus’ hands and feet. At Restoration Church, we are humbly seeking to love each person through Christ-like hospitality. Through this, it is our hope, that we will foster gospel-centered community that brings honor and glory to His name.
Through Jesus’ death on the cross and the transformative grace afforded us, we are all equipped to love and serve His church. More specifically, we are called to do so. We exist to actively embody Christ to all those at Restoration Church. This, of course, means greeting, assisting and welcoming all who walk through our doors. However, if hospitality stops there, we are in danger of missing real opportunities to be Jesus’ hands and feet in the lives of those we encounter. We are, all, in need of help, love and community. As a hospitality team, we will strive to promote gospel-centered relationships that will foster Christ-like hospitality.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
Thoughtfully, purposefully and actively seeking to embody Christ to others.