It’s amazing. So simple — and yet so amazing. “Come and go to church with me.” Sometimes that’s all it takes.
Let me give you a few suggestions on inviting your family and neighbors to worship with you.
1. Be Soul-Conscious. “Lift up your eyes” (John 4:35). Realize that every person you meet is headed to Heaven or Hell. The waitress. The grocery clerk. The banker. The postman. The doctor. Lawyer. Salesman. Nurse. Neighbor. Friend.
2. Be Enthusiastic. “Fervent in spirit” (Romans 12:11). Warm, cheerful, pleasant. Brag on Jesus. Brag on your church. Tell somebody with a smile on your face and a sparkle in your eye how glad you are to be associated with this church.
3. Be Natural. Don’t force your invitation . . . religion. Relax. Go with the flow. To a newcomer to your community you might say, “Hey, if you haven’t found a church home, we’d love to have you . . . Come and check us out.”
4. Be Specific. Don’t just say, “Come to church sometime.” Give details. “What about visiting with us this coming Sunday . . . we start at 9:30 for Bible Study, 10:30 for worship, 6:00 Sunday nights, 7:00 on Wednesdays.”
5. Be Hospitable. “Given to hospitality” (Romans 12:13). A dinner invitation will show the love of Christ, give an opportunity get to know someone and make them more likely to visit–especially if it is taking them out after the service!
6. Be Persistent. Keep on keeping on. Good salesmen tell us it takes about 10 attempts/contacts to make a sale. Never give up. Invite, invite, invite. Pray, pray. pray.