Tuesday, August 19, 2008

invite people to follow Jesus [+] Tuesday E-Devotion

Early this week Craig Groeschel of Lifechurch.tv shared a post on their church blog that made me stop and think.  Take a look:
  1. Someone may be at church only once.
  2. The Holy Spirit may have been working on them for months or years.
  3. Even some churched people don't understand the gospel.
  4. Many trust in the church for salvation instead of trusting Christ.
  5. Seeing others saved gives believers another reason to worship and motivation to witness.
  6. New Christians can "light a church on fire."
  7. Angels in heaven get to party when one person meets Christ.
  8. Hell is a real place.
  9. You care deeply about people.
  10. Families, workplaces, neighborhoods, cities, and generations could be different when one person meets Christ.
You may think that this thought is not necessary since we Baptist give an invitation at every service.  But we need to stop and look at how we do this, why we do this and what it is all about.  I am convinced that there are lost people in every worship service we offer and at many of the Bible studies that we lead.  That is why, thanks my most honorable youth guru Phil Dietz, I have been taught forever to not take this for granted.  Think about it!
2 Peter 3:9 (nasb) --- The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
Titus 3:5 (nlt) --- He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.
We have to invite people to meet our savior.  It is a big deal.  There are people around us who do not know him.  By the way, when we do not ask, it honestly says that we do not care.  I care.  And I need to remember to seek to share Jesus every chance I get.  What about it?
Luke 14:23 (nasb) --- And the master said to the slave, 'Go out into the highways and along the hedges, and compel them to come in, so that my house may be filled.
What keeps us from inviting people to meet Jesus?  Here is another post from the same blog titled 10 Reasons Not To Invite People to Follow Christ at Your Church.
It is time that we stand taller than ever sharing our Savior who is always bigger than we give Him credit for and is always ready to save someone who is seeking Him.

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