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Getting in the habit of inviting

I will readily admit that I am one of those individuals that can break habits very easily.  I heard a statistic somewhere that it takes you six weeks for something to become a habit but two weeks for it only to be broken (anecdotal).  Think about how this relates to our Christian walks.  We are more habitual about being unhabitual (not a word I recognize but makes the point).

One of the areas that I desire though to grow to become habitual is in the practice of inviting people to come to church.  Do you ever struggle with this?  We get so trained to learn how to share our faith and we hear the word evangelism used in our church walls like it is a pedestal trait, when simply inviting people to come and be around other Christians is something we shy away from.  It is something that we are habitually unhabitual about.

So what are some ways that we can build up in the practice of becoming habitual in inviting people to come to church?

1. Be in a Sunday School class.  Ok Joseph, captain obvious, I know that I need to be in Sunday School, but how is that going to help me in inviting people?  In the book Transformational Groups the research showed that someone that attended Sunday School was 3 times more likely to invite someone to church than someone that didn't.  Why?  Because they value community, they value fellowship, they value connecting to new people.  So simply being in a Sunday School class can help you to have the habit of inviting.

2. Use object helps.  There's an older lady in our church that one of the first times that I met her she gave me this red, jewel looking rock.  Once she gave me the rock she told me what it meant, then she asked me to share it with others.  Of course the rock meant the blood of Christ and it was a witnessing tool for her to use.  Do you know though what helped her to speak to others?  She had an object in her hand.  There is this fad going on of how if you want to promote your website, you don't just put out the website and that's it, but rather you have cards that you use to point people to the sites.  We use True Life cards in our church and they are simply a tool to help us have conversations with people we normally wouldn't do.  I have started using those in my wallet instead of business cards, because it means so much more to point people to a tool.  But the card helps me to invite others.

3. Get a compassion checkup.  The reason that I invite someone to come to church is to connect to our fellowship, but more than anything for that person, if they are lost, to simply hear the Gospel and have the freedom to respond.  I can't invite a single person though without saying a word.  I'm not having people run up to me on the streets saying, "Sir what must I do to be saved?"  No I show my faith and I seek to have compassion for all of God's creation.  For me to get this habit, I have to get a compassion checkup every day that says, I'm not going to care about the who, but rather I am going to help spread the Gospel.  It should come from me and from my relationship with those people that they hear the Gospel, but I can also invite them to a church that should present them with multiple touches of the Gospel in its presentation.

Let's get into the habit of inviting people.  The more we do it, the easier it will be, and we will see the impact that comes from simply being about the Lord's work.

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