The idea is simple but it is not always easy
Inviting a friend to have a cup of coffee, see a movie, or join you for dinner can roll off the tongue without effort. But when you put church in the invitation…we revert back to that middle school kid asking their crush to the dance. Lots of nervous energy, shaky voice, fear of rejection…it would be easier to turn the other way and push down the prompting. For many of us, asking someone to come to church with us can be outside our comfort zone. Even though it can be difficult, when we finally take that step, we become participators of our faith instead of spectators.
There are specific messages you are communicating when you invite someone to church. You are saying:
I See You
In today’s culture, it is easy to get lost in our jobs, hobbies, and even our families. Our lives become more about what we do instead of who we are. When you invite someone to church, you are stepping outside the realm of function only and stepping into the space of being. You are inviting them to meet the maker of their true identity.
You Matter to Me
Inviting someone to church communicates they are important to you. What happens to them matters. It is a validation of their existence and the important role they play in your life. When you invite someone to church, your are saying, “I care about you and I want more for you.”
One of the biggest obstacles for someone to go to church is their own perceptions. The inner dialogue some hear is: “I’m not good enough;” “I will not fit in;” “My past life is too messy;” “My present life is too different.” These are messages they have either told themselves, or worse, someone has spoken them into their lives.
YOU CAN HELP CHANGE THE NARRATIVE!
Inviting someone to church can be the first step to new beginnings, new relationships, and new LIFE. When you invite someone to church, they have a place…they belong.
The Bottom Line
When we take the simple step of inviting someone to church this Easter, we are living out our purpose as followers of Jesus.
Jesus replied, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. —Matthew 22:37-39
These are not separate commands. They are combined and intertwined to reveal our purpose as followers of Jesus. —TO LOVE GOD AND TO LOVE PEOPLE.
- When we stand in His love, we find the courage to start the conversation.
- When we stand in His love, we have the boldness to ask.
- When we stand in His love, we reflect God’s character to invite.
This Easter, lean in to God’s purpose and invite someone to church.