Why do you think most people come to a church for the first time? It’s because someone invites them. Think about your own first time to visit Ridgecrest or another church. What prompted you to visit? Was it someone inviting you? Recent studies from Lifeway and the Barna Group show that around half of Americans are open to an invitation to church from a friend, family member or neighbor and that invitation is “somewhat or very effective” in getting them to visit a church. That means the fear of rejection that many of us have may not be valid. Around half the time, the person is open to the invitation.
Whether it is family member, friend or co-worker, chances are you know someone who does not regularly attend church and may not even have a relationship with Jesus Christ. These are people in our circle of influence. They may come to a Worship Service, Life Group, or special event if you’ll just invite them. It may not happen the first time you ask, but it may happen. While our ultimate goal is not just to have more people come to church, you can be assured that if they do come they will hear the message of the Gospel and the truths of the Bible clearly presented. You can play a major role in someone’s spiritual well-being by simply inviting them to church. The Bible gives an example of inviting people to come and find out about Jesus in John 1: 43 – 46,
The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.”
Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.
“Come and see,” said Philip.
While inviting your circle is not the only step, it might be your next step in allowing God to use you.