Welcome All: A Devotional on Embracing Newcomers at Church

Started by JamesH, Apr 15, 2024, 11:39 AM

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In today's devotional, we explore the Bible's teachings on welcoming and embracing newcomers into our Christian community. We consider Romans 15:7, English Standard Version (ESV): "Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God."

This verse directly addresses the attitudes we, as believers, should adopt towards those new to our congregation. Paul, in this letter to the Romans, is encouraging believers to accept one another, just as Christ has accepted us. This is a fundamental principle in our faith: the indiscriminate, unconditional love that God has for us, mirrored in how we should love and accept others.

However, in some instances, this principle is not reflected in our churches. Newcomers may face intrusive questioning about their background and previous church affiliations. This attitude can create an unwelcoming atmosphere, dissuading new believers from attending and contradicting the teachings of the Bible.

The verse from Romans reminds us that as Jesus has accepted us unconditionally, we ought to do the same for others. This practice should not be influenced by factors like where someone resides, their past church experiences, or social status. As Christ's followers, we should embody His teachings and extend His love to all, ensuring everyone feels welcomed.

This verse can guide us in our daily lives, especially when we encounter new people within our community. We must remember that everyone is loved by God, and they should feel that love within His house.

Let us pray,

"Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your boundless love and acceptance. Teach us to reflect this love in how we welcome newcomers into our church. Let us see past societal divisions, remembering we are all equal in your eyes. Amen."

As we conclude today's devotional, I encourage you to reflect on your experiences. Do you have any questions or thoughts you'd like to share? Have you experienced both welcoming and unwelcoming church environments? If comfortable, please share your thoughts in the comments below. We all learn and grow through shared experiences, and your input could be a blessing to others.

Remember, as a church and as individuals, we are called to reflect Christ's love and acceptance. Let's ensure we are a beacon of His love to all. God bless you.