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Inviting People to Jesus

March 28, 2018

Many will hear the Gospel this weekend, who may never hear it any other time of the year, for one reason…it’s Easter, and they might actually go to church.  Pray…who is God calling you to invite to church this weekend?  So many people think about going to church on Easter who wouldn’t consider it any other day of the year!

I’ll be the first to admit, inviting someone to church is not the same as evangelism.  By inviting someone to church I haven’t shared with them anything about the Gospel – lostness, sin, forgiveness, the cross, the tomb or the resurrection.

However, I also find there are people in my life I’ve been praying for and I just haven’t figured out how to share the Gospel with them yet.  Sometimes there are dynamics in relationships that make this hard for whatever reason.

I have a friend just like this.  By all appearances, he loves the things of this world.  But from a human perspective I can also say, he’s a great guy!  I’ve been praying for months and hadn’t had an opening to share with him.

Recently, just through email (how impersonal is that!), I invited him to Easter services at White Fields Calvary Church.  His response was quickly, “I’ve actually been meaning to ask you more about your church.  We’re gone this weekend, but can we talk next week about it?”

Easter provides an amazing opportunity to invite people to church.  Is it the same as evangelism?  Not quite.  But don’t sell it short.  When we invite someone to church, we are inviting them to His body…to experience Jesus.

…the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. (Eph 1:22-23)

Pray about who you should be inviting this weekend…then pray they will come and experience Jesus in us!

For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. (Eph 5:30 )

 

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