How to Invite Your Friend to Church?

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The following is a follow-up post to “Why Invite your Friends to Church?” 

Recently I watched the video below and thought it was hilarious.  However after some thought I began to wonder how individuals go about inviting others to church. Some times our invitations go well and other times they are slightly better than the video. So how do we invite others to join us for church? I don’t think there is a magical formula for inviting others to church but I do think there are four general principles. Read more

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Why Invite Friends to Church?

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When this church has a special Sunday to invite friends, there will be no pyrotechnics, no motorcycle stunts, and no elaborate stage set.  While those things may make for great entertainment, they are a cheap substitute for worship.  Instead it will be a normal Sunday with Scripturally centered Bible study, God exalting worship, and a Gospel centered message. So, why have a special Sunday for inviting friends to your church? Why invite friends into the normal rhythm of Church life?  I would like to answer this in the following two ways.

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Share Life: Facebook Updates &More

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Maybe you have noticed some new updates to Facebook this week.  In their desire to continue to develop the world’s largest social media website, they are constantly seeking to enhance many social aspects.  Since 2009 they have had the following mission statement,

“Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.”

You can see this mission being carried out in many of their new updates.  For example, this week they have added “What You’re Doing” to status updates.  You can now share at any moment how you are  feeling, what you are watching and reading, and activities.  They have made it even more convenient to for people to share every aspect of their lives.

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The Value of a Church Member

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The Vacation Bible School craft cost $2.  The Inflatable permit cost $120.  The value of the members participating, priceless.  The value of church members cannot be determined by their tithe, hours of service, or abilities. It is not determined by the number of children they bring to Vacation Bible School or lead to Christ.  The value of a member is directly related to God’s placement of them in the body of Christ.  In other words every member of the Church is irreplaceable because they are placed there by God. Read more

Listener’s Guide: A Practical Guide for Listening to the Word of God

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 “…manifested in his word through the preaching…”

WHY IS LISTENING IMPORTANT?

Preaching finds its importance in the doctrine of Scripture. If we value the Word of God then we will value the exposition of it from the pulpit.  If we value the exposition of the Word from the pulpit then we will value each opportunity we have to listen.  We will listen with intensity as the words of the God who created all things is being proclaimed before our eyes. Titus 1:1-3 says,

Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began and at the proper time manifested in his word through the preaching with which I have been entrusted by the command of God our Savior…

Paul as a servant of God understood his role was to preach the word and here he is reminding Titus that the hope of eternal life was made known to us through the preaching of the Word. Thus we understand that preaching finds its significance in the hope of eternity found in the Word. Read more