On our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Sharing the Gospel Through Hospitality,” we’re sharing Dr. Rosaria Butterfield’s dramatic conversion testimony.
Rosaria was professor of English and queer concept at Syracuse University in New York and lived proudly as a lesbian, a feminist, and an outspoken advocate for LGBT rights. In 1999, she took depart from her professorship to analysis a e book she supposed to jot down as a rebuke of faith from a lesbian feminist viewpoint. Over that point, most of the Christians she met used the Bible as a weapon to win arguments in opposition to her.
One couple didn’t.
Ken and Floy Smith, an area pastor and his spouse, used the Bible to deepen their conversations together with her. They approached their relationship with Dr. Butterfield with what she calls “radically ordinary hospitality.”
They invited her into their dwelling.
They talked with her as an alternative of at her.
They handled her with unconditional love and respect – as their buddy, not as a challenge.
They invested in her.
They introduced God’s grace to her.
They valued her as a person, not as a possible convert to the Christian religion.
Yet, convert she did. With pleasure and gratitude to God.
Dr. Butterfield believes “radically ordinary hospitality” is a strong method to dwell out certainly one of Christ’s best commissions for every of us: to introduce individuals to Christ (Mark 16:15). She says, “If we’re going to be agents of grace, then we need to get close enough to put the hand of the stranger into the hand of the Savior.”
Hear Dr. Butterfield share her story and reply questions from our dwell studio viewers in your local radio station, online, on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, by way of Google Podcasts, or on our free phone app.
Think of any individual in your life who appears so past God’s attain that they might by no means come to Christ. Pray for them. Then tune in to our program and be impressed by what God can do.
Dr. Butterfield’s e book The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in our Post-Christian World. It’s out there for a present of any quantity. Click here for extra data or give us a name at 1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459). If you may’t afford it, we’ll discover a method to get it to you.