An Invitation to Extend
Mar 23 1:43 PM

An Invitation to Extend

Mar 23 1:43 PM
Mar 23 1:43 PM

In this day and age we are flooded with information. However, with allegations of fake news and spin doctoring it is hard to know what to believe. Nevertheless, people still want to know, they want answers.

This is particularly the case during the Easter Holiday, a time when society is faced with questions about religion: who was Christ, what do these traditions mean, is there something for me in religion?

Interestingly, it was no different in the time of the first Easter. Just days after the Crucifixion people were questioning the events—the veiling of the sun, the temple curtain, the earthquake and the rising of the dead. These unsettling events were causing the people to re-evaluate who Jesus was.

There is no better example than the two men journeying to Emmaus (Luke 24: 13-35). Although unbeknownst to them, Jesus inserted himself into their conversation and “beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.”

Here we see Jesus taking a personal touch in helping others see the True Light.

We have this same opportunity. We have worked to “insert” ourselves in the lives of our family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors. We have gained their trust. Now, like Jesus we need to help them understand the Scripture concerning Jesus Christ and the wonderful gift he represents. This can start with a simple invitation to church. In fact, in Dr. Thom Rainer's The Unchurched Next Door he states that 82% of the unchurched are at least somewhat likely to attend church if personally invited! Don’t be shy about inviting someone to church, according to this statistic they are very likely to accept your invitation.

I know first hand that the personal touch really works. My wife, Penny, came to know Christ through the invitation of a high school classmate who invited her to church. Although her friend quickly quit attending, God captured Penny’s heart and has held on to it ever since.

Wouldn’t you like to be part of helping someone find his or her way to Christ?

It starts with an invitation. And there is no better time than our Easter Services. Remember you have the GOOD NEWS to share!

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