Have you invited someone to go to church with you this week? Life can get so busy that if we are not careful we can forget what it’s really all about. If we are not attentive, systematic, and most importantly; burdened, we can go weeks without even inviting someone to church.
Consider the following quotations:
“Eighty-two percent of the unchurched are at least somewhat likely to attend church if invited.” – Dr. Thom Rainer, The Unchurched Next Door
“Only two percent of church members invite an unchurched person to church. Ninety-eighty percent of church-goers never extend an invitation in a given year.” – Dr. Thom Rainer, The Unchurched Next Door
“A study including more than 15,000 adults revealed that about two-thirds are willing to receive information about a local church from a family member and 56 percent from a friend or neighbor. The message is clear that the unchurched are open to conversations about church.” – Philip Nation, LifeWay Research
The church has an awesome responsibility to reach this world with the gospel (Mark 16:15) and it begins with your world; your sphere of influence. What about your neighbor? What about the cashier that’s always so friendly (or the one that’s not so friendly)? What about your family? Have you asked them? Just came right out and asked them; Will you go to church with me? You could even say “Will you pretty please go to church with me?” If that don’t work say; “Will you pretty, pretty please with sugar on top go to church with me?” (Where did that phrase ever come from anyway? Oh well, who cares if it works?
If you must get drastic, it’s worth it. Luke 14:23 says “Compel them to come in.” The word “compel” really means to use persuasion. Now think with me. What could persuade someone you care about to come to church? A chocolate cake? Fixing or buying them dinner? What’s the value of a soul?
According to the statistics above, many would come with just a simple invitation. What do you have to lose by asking? They may be lost if you don’t. Friend God desires to save people, but he uses his body to invite. “The Spirit and the bride say come” (Rev. 22:17).
Why don’t you do it today? Like right now? While your courage is up and you sense the need, walk away from your computer or use the phone in your hand to make the necessary call.
If you’re reading this blog and you are not a member of our assembly, please consider yourself invited as well. We would love to have you join us. The next service is Sunday at 2:00 P.M. We are easy to locate. Our address is 15540 Lee Highway. We are between Economy Inn and Skyland Coin and Jewelry. Click on the What To Expect tab at the top of this page and it will tell you what to expect (imagine that!). Come see us! (Pretty, pretty please with sugar on top!)