I thank my God every time I remember you, 4constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, 5because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. 6I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. ~Philippians 1: 3-6
During a worship service, when the worship leader calls out: “The Lord be with you!” the congregation responds, “And also with you.” In some churches the response is dry and rote. In others it is full and heartfelt.
A call requires a response. An invitation begs an answer. An offering of affirmation or assurance deserves acknowledgement. We talk about wanting more people to know Christ and to be involved in the Church, but are we issuing an invitation?
In his book The Unchurched Next Door, Thom Rainer and his group conducted an extensive survey and found the following results:
- 82 percent of the unchurched are at least “somewhat likely” to attend church if they are invited.
- Eight out of 10 unchurched persons said they would come to church if they were invited.
- Only 21 percent of active churchgoers invite anyone to church in the course of a year.
- Only 2 percent of church members invite an unchurched person to church.
- Very few of the unchurched have had someone share with them how to become a Christian.
- The unchurched would like to develop a real and sincere relationship with a Christian.
As Easter approaches, we at Grace will be working to invite our neighbors to come into a relationship with Christ through Grace United Methodist Church. I hope you will all make efforts to “spread the news” in your our neighborhoods and social circles each and everyday!
This is not insignificant! We know the greatness of our Lord and Savior and we know our call to spread the good news of Jesus all over the world! People are just waiting for an invitation, and what better invitation could there be?!?