If you are like me you are surprised by the following:
82% of the unchurched are at least somewhat likely to attend church if invited. (According to research done by Dr. Thom Rainer’s and documented in his book The Unchurched Next Door. That’s not the only surprise. (and this one blew me away!) Only 2% of church going people ever invite someone to church in a given year. Rainer’s research goes on to say that seven out of ten unchurched people have never been invited to church in their whole lives!
I am not advocating that we try to force people to come to church. But here’s the apparent truth: If we will invite them, they will come. If we don’t invite, they don’t come.
We need to say what Philip said to Nathaniel. Nathaniel began to argue whether Jesus could be somebody based on the fact that he came from Nazareth. Philip didn’t argue the point. He just said, “Come and see.” The woman Jesus talked to at the well did a similar thing. She didn’t give a lecture on 12 reasons to believe that Jesus is the Christ. She just said, “Come and see.”
Think about your co-worker, your neighbor, your family member that is far from God. Have you tried to build a relationship with them so that you can invite them to a hearing of the Gospel? Who is it that you might be able to this week say, “Come and see.” It just might make an eternal difference in their life!