From The Pastor
Invitations come frequently. We get invited to all kinds of things: weddings, parties, graduation ceremonies, conferences, dinners, coffees, lunches. The list is pretty much endless. Occasionally an invitation can be a burden instead of a blessing. It is just one more thing on our calendar, one more gift to buy, one more time we have to get dressed up.
But most of the time, invitations bless us. They mean a great deal to us. Somebody is thinking about us. Somebody is glad we are part of their life. Somebody wants us to share something special with them. Somebody wants to get to know us.
Regardless of how an invitation is received, the event is important to the one who did the inviting. It says, “this is important to me and I want you to be part of it.” I am not talking about those invitations that go out in mass. “Come and take advantage of our end of the year sales event.” “Stop by and test drive this new car.” I am not talking about the flyers stuffed inside newspapers or mail addressed to “Occupant” or “current resident.” I am talking about real, personal invitations from people who have something important going on in their lives and want the people who are important to them to share it.
That is exactly why we should invite people to attend church with us. The Savior we worship and the church He has made us part of is important to us. Our genuine, personal invitation tells the people we invite, “this matters to me and you matter to me.”
A simple invitation to attend church is certainly not all it takes for someone to hear, believe and respond in faith to the gospel, but it is a great place to start. An invitation is not all it takes for someone disconnected from the church family to re-engage, but it is a great place to start. An invitation to someone who is looking for a church home is not all it takes for them to become part of the family, but it is a great place to start.
Every week, we are with people at ball fields, in offices and waiting rooms, and in classrooms. We meet them at convenience stores, live next to them in neighborhoods, and visit with them at social and civic events. They fix our cars, take our orders in restaurants, and take our money in our banks. Many of them have one thing in common. They would give church a try if someone thought it was important enough to ask.
Not all of them will accept your invitation, but what if just one does. What if that one finds a church home where they are loved and accepted? What if that one hears, believes and responds in faith to the gospel? Your simple invitation may be what the Holy Spirit uses in someone’s life.
Give it a try.
Bro. John Brock