What does the Bible tell us about hospitality?

In the New Testament, the Greek word translated “hospitality” means “love of strangers.”

We remember that hospitality was a highly regarded virtue in ancient times.

We remember that Jesus was dependent on the hospitality of others towards Him and the disciples to carry out His work.

We understand that hospitality is still an important part of Christian ministry.

We are to love our neighbors as ourselves. This love is not one of ‘feeling’ but of ‘sacrifice’ …received by grace.

What or who constitutes as my neighbor, you ask? Pastor Paul would love to help you work through that question! Visit, call or email us.

At First Presbyterian Church there is a community life committee dedicated to exchanging this ‘love of stranger’ hospitality with our regular attendees, extending it to those visiting us for the first, second or third time and to those we reach beyond our walls.

Experience this hospitality during movie nights on our lawn, over a cup of coffee after worship on a Sunday or on a picnic at Belmont Lake State Park.


Examine your heart often to see if it is such toward your neighbor as you would like his to be toward you were you in his place. This is the touchstone of true reason.
— St. Francis de Sales
The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But...the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?’
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
Which of these three do you think was a neighbor?
— Jesus of Nazareth