There is something of a crisis among many Christians today over the question of ‘experience’. If not a crisis, there is at least much confusion and uncertainty—a fascination and a longing—perhaps even a vacuum. This goes back some time.
A welcoming God
The gospel is about a God who takes the initiative to welcome us (see Luke 15). As his representatives, and those who enjoy the benefits of having been welcomed by him, we now welcome in the same way. Welcoming must therefore be an initiative; it must be sacrificial; it must be a high priority; and it must be an obvious distinctive of our identity and mission. Welcoming is not optional.