Get Off Your Ask

I read a post yesterday from Perry Noble, who is Pastor at New Spring Church in South Carolina. Perry regularly post about his church, leadership, and ministry- and many of his post are list, which I appreciate.

His particular post was about evangelism- specifically about inviting people to church. Especially as Hope Church moves closer to our relaunch- it’s important to consider why it’s important to ask people to attend church- with the hope providing the space and environment where they can connect to Jesus. You can read the original post here.

#1 – Because EVERYONE spends ETERNITY somewhere (Hebrews 9:27 is REAL talk!)

#2 – Because it is IMPOSSIBLE to be connected to Christ and not care about the people that He cared about (Luke 19:10).

#3 – Because found people find people (John 1:40-42 & John 1:43-45).

#4 – Because God is patient with people (II Peter 3:9)…and because He is we should be as well, NEVER giving up on them because God never gave up on us!

#5 – Because there is NO OTHER NAME under heaven by which mankind must be saved (Acts 4:12, John 14:6 & I Timothy 2:3-5).

#6 – Because Jesus WILL HONOR our faith when we go all out and do whatever it takes to bring people to a place where they can meet Him (read Mark 2:1-12).

#7 – Because being a follower of Christ is about following His commands rather than merely viewing Scripture as a suggestion (see Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:45-48, John 20:21, Acts 1:8, Romans 10:14-17.)

#8 – Because apart from Jesus the world is separated from God (Romans 3:23) and the main calling on our lives as followers of Christ is to be agents of reconciliation (read II Corinthians 5:11-21!)

#9 – Because people do not need to “clean up their act” and change their behavior…but rather they need to meet Christ and allow Him to change them from the inside out!!! THAT is the change that WILL CHANGE the world! (Ezekiel 36:26-27).

#10 – Because God is GREATER than anyone’s skepticism, atheism or any antagonistic attitude toward’s Him (I John 4:4).

As we turn the page on Summer and head into Fall, many churches including Hope Church are making a push to encourage our members/attenders to invite friends. It’s not really about just filling the pews, but about something bigger than ourselves- about eternity and the opportunity to live life with God now. Do we really believe that people (and the world) need to have a redemptive encounter with God through Jesus Christ?

What motivates you to invite people to church or to share your faith?

About Steve LaMotte

Husband and father of three amazing children. Campus Minister of Wesley College in Dover, Delaware. Pastor at Hope United Methodist Church in Dover, Delaware. Elder in the Pen-Del Conference. Fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers. Lover of music that makes hipsters cringe.
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