In Chapter 3 of my book, Elephant in the Room, pastor Eric Leonard invites a young man to attend his church. Before he issues this invitation, however, Eric confirms that Wayne is a Christian. If you meet a Christian who is not involved in a local, Bible-teaching church, it is appropriate that you should invite him to join you at your church. After all, the church is where we gather with the body of Christ to worship God by hearing God’s Word proclaimed and to use our spiritual gifts to serve one another. Some Bible verses to consider include Matthew 16:16-18, Acts 20:7, and Hebrews 10:24-25. (My pastor recently did a sermon series on the Ordinary Church that’s worth listening to.)
Remember those children’s party invitations with a cartoon picture on the front and fill-in-the-blank lines on the inside for all of the necessary information for guests? For fun, here is what one of those invitations would look like for inviting people to church.
You Are Invited!
Who? Christians who profess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior
What? Bible preaching, reading and studying, prayer, singing, giving, fellowship, meeting needs, encouraging, and exhorting
Where? My church (give the address and parking info)
When? Sunday mornings, Sunday nights, and throughout the week until Christ comes again
Why? To worship God with the body of Christ and to use your spiritual gifts to serve one another
RSVP is an abbreviation of a French phrase that means “please respond.” Be sure to tell them how they can contact you if they want to visit your church.
So if you are a member of a solid church, be bold to invite Christians to join your congregation. If, however, you are attending a weak church without good Bible preaching and without love demonstrated by its members, or if you have been visiting various churches or checking out websites without making a commitment to a local group of believers, then take this opportunity to find a new church that fits the invitation’s description. If you need help, here is a link to find a good church.
Next week, we will look at a different invitation to offer neighbors and acquaintances if they are not believers in Jesus Christ.
How did you find your church? Did someone invite you?