As Christians, we know God has placed people in our circle of influence with a purpose. The Lord wants us to share the Gospel; point our friends to the saving power of Jesus. A way to begin this conversation is to indirectly invite them to church.
There are ways to let others know we are Christians and active in a local church, without verbally inviting them to, "come with us this Sunday."
1). When you hear of a physical need, tell that person you're praying for them. Pray for them, and then follow up a few days later. Ask how their family member, health concern or challenging situation is coming along. If they're still burdened by it, ask the person if you can add their need to your church's prayer list.
By this point - you've already told them that you're praying for them, you followed up with them several days later, and they still need prayer - your co-worker will likely be open to your church family praying for their need.
Your church's Wednesday night prayer list is a powerful tool to see answers to prayer and personal outreach.
Now your friend at school knows New Hope Baptist Church in Glencoe, Alabama (where I preached my first sermon) is praying for them.
Pick-up a copy of your church's prayer list; give it to your friend, showing your church family is praying for them. You have just let your friend know what your church is doing for them - and you haven't once invited them to attend, but they're grateful.
2). List on your social media bio that you:
- Teach Sunday School at Valley Baptist Church.
- Worship at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church.
- Sing in the choir at First Baptist Church, Atlanta.
- Serve as a deacon at Sumiton Church of God.
When you list on your bio how you serve at your church, you're declaring not only are you a Christian, but actively serve the Lord at a local church.
Also, the "check in" feature on Facebook is an indirect way of saying, "I'm here." You're not vocally inviting others to attend, just stating here's where I attend worship.
3). Talk about something you learned or something God taught you while at church. For example:
- Reference peace from God, "My pastor preached last Sunday on having peace as we go through storms."
- "God reassured me that everything was going to be okay while I sang to Him on Sunday."
- Share a main point you learned at church from a recent sermon. "I recently learned at church when you quit praying about something, you've accepted the outcome."
All of these statements include pastor, church, choir, preached, praying and God - these are words unchurched people typically don't use - you're using language and making statements that invite listeners to ask a follow-up question such as, "Where do you go to church?" "Are you a Christian?" "What do you believe about God?"
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