You have heard me say often that most people, nine out of ten, say they would go to church if invited by a friend. Most people want to go where they feel they have a connection. For Christians, looking for a new church is one of the most stressful times in their lives. Some just keep hopping from church to church because they are looking for something that feels like their old church. What they miss most is the comfort of the connection they had with the people at their previous church home. To the unchurched, who are feeling drawn by God, walking into a building full of people they don’t know, and not having a clue what goes on behind those doors can keep them fighting the desire to go to church until it goes away.
Most Christians have no idea how much influence they have on their friends and even their aquaintances. You have an advantage over me when it comes to inviting people to church. Most unchurched people relate to pastors as someone who may judge them for not going to church, or as a Jesus salesman who may “go in for the close” at any time.
I try to be friendly with everyone. There is a lady who works in a retail store near our house that I have been talking to and inviting to church for years. In our short visits she has told me about her life, her struggles and her vacations. We always greet each other with smiles and usually a hug. She has mentioned many times that she might come to “your church” some day.
Recently I was in the store and she asked how our church was doing. I said great. Then she said she has been going to a local church because a friend invited her. I am so glad she is going to a church, and it is a good Christian Bible teaching church. I look forward to new reports of her spiritual journey with Christ.
I don’t know how many times her friend invited her. Sometimes it takes many asks and other times the invitee is in just the right place to accept the invitation.
How many friends do you have, or people you work with, or family members who do not have a church home or know Christ? It may surprise you to know that over 70% of the people in our area do not have a church home they attend on a regular basis.
If you are a Christian, you know the importance of a relationship with Christ. Your friend who does not know Christ or have a church family may be “one ask” away from a life changing relationship with Jesus Christ. He may be “two asks” away from finding that church family he had given up finding. He may be “three or four asks” away from finding the answers to life’s questions that will cure his depression, save his marriage, make him a better father, restore his hope, or give him a peace that passes all understanding.
…how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? 15 And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”
Be God’s love with skin. Ask a friend to go with you to church…. AND KEEP ASKING