Will people really come to church if they’re invited?  This question has often been asked and pondered.  Thom Rainer’s book, The Unchurched Next Door, states that 82% of the unchurched are at least somewhat likely to attend church if they are invited.  That means that more than eight out of ten unchurched people will come to church if only invited.

Although anytime is a good time to invite someone to come to church, a more recent survey shows that 38% (almost 4 out of 10) have said they are more open to considering matters of faith during the Easter holiday season.  These statistics are very encouraging.

In Luke 14 Jesus shares the parable of the obedient servant.  This servant was obedient to his master when he was told to “Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled” (Luke 14:23).  In the same way when we invite people to church we are being obedient to our Lord Jesus Christ.

We are truly joining in with the work of the Holy Spirit of God when we invite people to come to Christ and to church where they will hear the gospel.  The Apostle John records, “And the Spirit (that’s the Holy Spirit) and the bride (that’s all Christians) say “Come!”  And let him who hears say, “Come!”  God has given all Christians an invitational ministry.

We, at First Baptist, have an easy and fun way of doing this during the Easter season.  Pick up some of the “POP IN ON EASTER” cards/microwaveable popcorn bags and take the opportunity to invite family, friends, and neighbors to church for two special upcoming worship experiences on April 16 & 23.  Those you invite will be glad you did.

Tony Christie
Associate Pastor

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