Everyone has a little fear when it comes to inviting people to Church. “What will they think?” “Will they like it?” “What will happen to our relationship if they don’t like it?” Or even, “What will happen to our relationship if they do like it?” Below are 5 things to remember when you invite your friend to Church. We pray this encourages you to think and act biblically as you reach out to the world around you.
- The Word of God changes hearts. Hey, I’ve been there too. The last time I brought a friend to church, my mind was racing during the sermon. The only thing I couldn’t get out of my mind was, “I wonder if they like the Pastor’s shirt today?” Isn’t that silly? As if the shirt had more power than the Word of God? There could be a number of other factors that we worry about such as the music, the facility, the chairs/pews, etc. But we must remember that only the Word of God penetrates peoples hearts.
- The love of Christ is tangibly expressed by the body of Christ. I know what you are thinking! “If I bring my friend, I want him/her to meet the ‘cool’ people.” But remember that God uses the body of Christ, that is, the tremendously gifted yet diverse group of called out believers, to advance His kingdom. If “faith comes through hearing” (Romans 10:17), then it shouldn’t matter if the messenger is wearing a mumu or a mohawk. God gets the Glory! So when you bring a friend, be confident that the Lord will bring just the right person from your congregation to show the love of Christ.
- Be Proud of Christ and His power to redeem rebels. So let’s say you are with your friend in the car on the way to church. What is going through your mind? Perhaps it is something like, “I hope the worship pastor picks some of my favorite songs to sing and not those other ones.” While we are allowed to have preferences of music, we want to encourage you to get excited about the best things. The prophet Jeremiah would say, “Let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows me” (Jer 9:24). So don’t be frustrated or apologize for song selection or media glitches. Share with them how Jesus Christ saved you from sin and death.
- Don’t be worried about what tomorrow will bring. This is not a new principle. Jesus said it (Matt 6:34). But in the context of inviting your friends to church, it isn’t necessary to figure out steps H, I and J before you take steps A, B and C. More specifically, if your mind races to questions like: “What if they don’t agree with the sermon?” Or, “How will the church handle his divorce?” Or, “What if they leave the church 5 years from now?” Let me encourage you, you don’t have to figure all that out. God already has. Trust Him with the results, walk by faith and do the next thing.
- There is an urgency! “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” (2 Cor 5:20). Ultimately, direct your desires towards your friend being reconciled to God, not necessarily your particular fellowship. Pray that he/she would be in right standing with God. Eternity is at stake.
Who is in your life that needs the Lord?