This short video encapsulates the vision that Jesus had for believers when He said, “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations.” The word go is an action verb that expresses the idea of always moving. Therefore, Christians shouldn’t be waiting for others to come and join their church. Instead, Christians must be on the move, praying for opportunities to meet unbelievers, inviting them to the community of faith, and building relationships so they can become healthy, mature followers of Jesus Christ.
Author Roay M. Oswald of Inviting Church conducted research in 1987 (still true today) and found that unbelievers who are most likely to join a church were invited by friends or relatives (86%), followed by organized evangelism campaign (6%), pastoral invitation (6%), and by advertisement (2%). These statistics are meant to encourage you that whoever you are, whether your a stay-at-home Mom, a car Salesman, a Doctor, or an Engineer, you have the ability to develop relationships with individuals God has placed in your life. You don’t need to have a theology degree to tell others about the grace and mercy found in Scripture; you only need an obedient heart who loves the Lord.
Practical Application: I challenge you to pray and invite at least one person to church this week. Trust that God will open the door for you. God bless!