Reaching Out

You Are Invited

Have you ever received a formal invitation? It might read something like this: Mr. and Mrs. John Smith request the honor of your presence at an event… then it gives the details of the date, time, and place. Most of us like to be invited to events, because they are special, with social and perhaps spiritual dimensions, along with food and the opportunity to meet old friends and new people.

INVITE is the fifth element of the Lassie approach to witnessing from the Every One His Witness Program. As we get to know a person through listening, asking, seeking, and sharing, we are then able to issue an invitation to them.

We are not just inviting them to church, as if that is the ultimate and all they need. We are inviting them to:

* continue our conversations about life on this earth and into eternity (which may include a Bible study),
* join us in activities or events relating to our church,
* attend Bible studies and Sunday church service,
* participate in the ultimate spiritual adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, in which we encounter the real presence of God through His Word, Holy Communion, and the indwelt Holy Spirit.

The latter is described as the abundant life in John 10:10: “I came that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” The word “life” in Greek means a real and genuine life, devoted to God, a life that is truly worthwhile. It takes us from a focus on success to a focus on significance, from a focus on the world to a focus on eternity.

The Christian life led by the Spirit is an unparalleled life. No amount of money, possessions, or earthly power can compare to riding the waves of life in God’s power through His Spirit. It is experiencing the life that God has planned for us, in which we can experience the joy of the Lord, which transcends earthly pleasures and pains.

So the next time we are talking with someone, let’s be sure to invite them – to continue the conversation or to experience a whole new life in Christ.

To God be the glory
Board of Evangelism