…To the Throne of Grace
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. But what if this man had not been a Christian who was looking for a church? Should we invite everyone we meet to come to a meeting at our church? There is something else we are called to do before we invite them to church, that is, to directly tell them the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
In part 1 of the You Are Invited blog series, we looked at the purpose of the church, which is to 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. Unbelievers will hear the gospel in every Christ-honoring church where the Bible is preached. However, the Great Commission calls every disciple of Jesus to go and preach, so individual members should not defer our responsibility to evangelize entirely to our church pastor. As a disciple of Jesus Christ, are you prepared to invite unbelievers to repent and believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior?
Once again, here is the essential information for one of those fill-in-the-blank invitations from our youth (without the cartoon picture) to make sure we give all the important truths of the gospel. This is a very short presentation of the gospel of salvation through grace by faith in Jesus Christ.
You Are Invited!
Who? People of all nations, tongues, and tribes (Revelation 7:9)
What? Repent and believe in Jesus Christ (Mark 1:14-15, Romans 10:9-10)
Where? Right here (Acts 8:25-40)
When? Right now (2 Corinthians 6:2; Hebrews 3:7-15)
Why? You have a big problem but there is a solution (Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23)
RSVP is a French abbreviation that means “please respond.” Give them a few moments to think about all you’ve told them and ask questions, then give them the opportunity to respond if they accept God’s gift.
They might respond to this gospel invitation by praying to God, reading the Bible to learn more, and connecting to believers in a Bible-teaching church. Praise the Lord! Now you can give them that other invitation to join you for worship at your church! If they reject God’s offer of salvation at this time, please continue to pray for them, that the Scripture truths you told them would bear the fruit of repentance someday.
Do you have quick and creative ways to tell others about the gospel of Jesus Christ for the first time? What are some of your favorite gospel Bible verses to recite?