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Creating a Welcoming Environment

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1. Focus on What Really Matters - PEOPLE

John 3:16 NIV
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

2. Welcome With Sincerity and Positivity

Romans 12:9 NIV
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
Proverbs 15:30 NLT
30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart; good news makes for good health.
1 Peter 4:9 NIV
9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.

3. Love Without an Agenda

1 Peter 4:8 NIV
8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
Matthew 22:39 NIV
39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
1 John 4:19–21 NIV
19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.

4. Build Up; Don’t Tear Down

1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV
11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
Matthew 12:36 ESV
36 I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak,

5. Have a Hospital Mentality as Apposed to a Country Club Mentality

James 2:9 NLT
9 But if you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin. You are guilty of breaking the law.
Mark 2:17 NIV
17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

6. Don’t Just Go To Church; Be the Church

acts 2.
Acts 2:45–47 NIV
45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

7. Be Kingdom Minded

Matthew 6:10 NIV
10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
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