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“Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find”…. invite them to your Super Bowl Party


While many people opened up their houses and apartments to friends and family to watch Super Bowl XLVI, one Washington state church decided to invite the homeless.

First Covenant Church of Spokane held a Super Bowl watch party where over 130 homeless people came for a good meal, dessert, and of course, to cheer on either the Patriots or the Giants.

(Wash. Church Hosts Super Bowl Party for the Homeless)

11 comments on ““Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find”…. invite them to your Super Bowl Party

  1. It’s good to feed the homeless, but what about giving them the gospel? I bet that this was never brought up.

  2. As long as it is for evangelism I do not see a problem. But I remember in the late ’70s the Tampa Bay Bucs were going to play in their first playoff game. Back in those days most evangelical churches had Sunday Night services. (Imagine!) Some of the local churxches cancelled services and some even were going to show the game in the fellowship hall or sanctuary.

    I told my professor that I thought that was not right. He replied that it was only one time and a playoff game did not happen often. I replied that if revival broke out in the Tampa Bay area, would the football team cancel one game so everyong could gather at church.

    He sheepishly looked down and said, “I guess not”.

  3. Personally, I love what this church did on Sunday night, and is doing on a regular basis. I read the rest of the article on the Christian Post, and it’s apparent that this church has been doing a lot for the impoverished neighborhood around them since 2009. Their outreach to the less fortunate around them appears to be consistent to the point that the pastor says this:

    “Seventy five people gather in our church to worship each week. About half are homeless. They throw their backpacks and bed rolls under a pew, grab a coffee and join in singing praying and worshipping,” said Bryceson.

    I’m not going to assume that this church withholds the message of the gospel from members of the community that they are building relationships with.

    Jesus had a lot to say about helping “the least of these,” going out into the highways and the byways, etc. I don’t know everything about this church, but it seems that they are doing a lot to live out what James 1:22 – 2:26 says about pure and undefiled religion, faith with works, and not showing partiality.

    I would actually love to see many churches in this nation, especially megachurches, effectively put an end to homelessness by housing the homeless 7 nights a week, 365 days a year. A couple of my Facebook friends in California have approached numerous pastors with this idea, and have received surprisingly harsh responses in almost every case.

    I’m glad that this church in Spokane, with their limited resources, is at least “going for it” to the degree that they are.

    • Yeah, not only ‘megachurches’ but any part of the Church that has some large edifice. How they’ll respond to the query should give quite a condition to the hearts of the elders there. By their fruits, you’ll know them.

      I see you’re from Minnesota, ya hear about Greg Boyd doing the same? Theologically, perhaps not spot on, but he has a heart for the Kingdom.

      The King reigns!

    • Adam you said……
      “Seventy five people gather in our church to worship each week.
      About half are homeless, They throw their backpacks and bed rolls under a pew, grab a coffee and join in singing praying and worshipping,”

      Now THAT Adam sounds like GOD’S church to me and exactly where He would have been found when on earth. What a far cry from so many middle classed congregations, posh choirs and pampered millionaire pastors who would not be welcoming to the likes of these.

      Your great comment strikes a chord with me because when visiting churches in Brazil we have been deeply affected by ‘middle class congregations, posh choirs, and pampered millionaire pastors’, while less than a mile up the road, there are barefooted, impoverished children doing handstands at traffic lights to raise a cent or two from standstill motorists (some on their way home from church) to buy a crust. It truly makes us weep.

      Pj, sorry if I am not strictly on topic but Adam kinda got me out of my pram LOL🙂

    • Pj, sorry if I am not strictly on topic but Adam kinda got me out of my pram

      Ahaha! Thats ok…🙂

      All thats been said is related and good!

    • Cal, I agree that their responses are rather telling. Large churches, especially, have a great deal of space that is not used for most of the week, while the homeless are often suffering within a short walking distance. Based on my understanding of Scripture, I personally don’t believe that church buildings are inherently sacred. For it is God’s people who make up the Church.

      No, I didn’t hear about Greg Boyd doing this. Thanks for mentioning it. I’ll have to look into what he’s doing. The fellowship that he oversees gathers in NE Saint Paul. I live in NE Minneapolis, but I’m actually involved in an outreach effort (to refugees) in another part of north Saint Paul. I’ve never been to Boyd’s fellowship, though.

      The King reigns indeed! But, shhh, don’t tell that to the dispensationalist crowd.🙂

      Sylvia, it certainly is a far cry from “so many middle classed congregations, posh choirs and pampered millionaire pastors.”

  4. I guess it goes without saying but I will say it anyway that behind the curtain, behind the scenes, behind the veil so to speak, God is summing up everything in Christ and Christ is on the march to destroy every rule, power and authority that rises up against His Father and Ours?

    1Co 15:22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.
    1Co 15:23 But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ.
    1Co 15:24 Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power.
    1Co 15:25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.
    1Co 15:26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
    1Co 15:27 For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him.
    1Co 15:28 When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.

    “….Eph 1:9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ
    Eph 1:10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

    That is why my daily fervent prayer these days centers around this revelation given to King David so many years ago:

    1Ch 16:31 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice, and let them say among the nations, “The LORD reigns!”
    1Ch 16:32 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it!
    1Ch 16:33 Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth.

    The question I hope you realize is this, that every time God answers your prayer some part of the kingdom of darkness is destroyed!

    Just think about that awhile and then tell me if your prayer life doesn’t increase dramatically?

    For instance, how about this as a prayer prayed and ask yourself what is being destroyed when God answers the prayer?

    Lord, let your kingdom come. Lord, let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven filling the created heavens with gladness and joy and the earth with rejoicing and touch the hearts of men, women and children so that they “know” that Jesus Christ is Lord!

    What is happening when that prayer is answered?

  5. Guess im from the old school which frowned upon bringing worldly activities inside the Church. Like Rick, we always had Sunday evening Church services and the thought of foregoing that to watch a football game in the Church, even a super bowl, is something i cannot imagine ever taking place. And that was many years before there was a Madonna performing during ‘half-time:

    “Oh my God, I’m so nervous, you have no idea,” the 53-year-old star told host Anderson Cooper…”First of all, it’s the Super Bowl,” Madonna said. “I mean, the Super Bowl is kind of like the holiest of holy in America, right? So, here I am. I’m going to come in halfway between the church experience and I’m going to have to deliver a sermon that’s going to have to be very impactful.” (CBS News)

    The old ways are all i know, and thats ok. They’ve brought me thus far so I’ll stick with them.🙂

  6. PJ, I am not so sure your “old” way is old in light of this:

    Heb 10:19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus,
    Heb 10:20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh,
    Heb 10:21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God,
    Heb 10:22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
    Heb 10:23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.
    Heb 10:24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,
    Heb 10:25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

    Seems to me from where I sit that old way is the new and living way from now on until the last day!

    Sadly though, I think Madonna is onto something there about the super bowl becoming the event of events each and every year! You think that is bad, just go to some other country during the World Cup and the Super Bowl will pale in comparison.

    In any event, the Good News today and every day is really really good especially when we enter into the Holiest of the Holy places we can enter into, the Throne of Grace, so as to obtain mercy and find grace by that new and living way!

    • I think Madonna is onto something there about the super bowl becoming the event of events each and every year…

      Yes, i agree. Super Bowl Sunday is close to becoming an official National Holiday!

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