Reaching Our Neighbors and Inviting Them to Church.
People need to know us before they can trust us. And they need to trust us before they will join us at church. We may be assuming what worked in the past will still work today, itTop of FormBottom of Form used to be as easy as 1-2-3.
1. Invite a friend to church.
2. The friend comes to church.
3. The preacher closes the deal.
It’s harder today. Most people don’t want to go to church today. They’re not angry, they’re apathetic. But where is this apathy coming from?
The critical first element isn’t the invitation, it’s having a friend who makes the invitation.
The biggest roadblock to evangelism today may be as simple and as sad as this: we don’t know our neighbors like we used to. Twenty percent of Americans say they don’t know any Christians.
People become willing to consider Jesus, when they like and trust the Christians they know.
This is a crucial problem, because there’s one reason above all others that opens people up to the gospel. People become willing to consider Jesus when they like and trust the Christians they know.
People need to know us, before they can trust us. And they need to trust us, before they’ll come to church with us. We have to be the church, before they’ll go to church. So, what do we need to do?
1. Pray for them, while getting to know them better.
2. Build Relationships with No Strings Attached
3. Live a life of Compassion and Integrity
4. Talk about the issues of Life, not Just about Your Church.
5. Be More Joyful, Less Negative.
6. Live a Life of Extravagant Generosity
7. Be Your Authentic Self, Even If It Means Being Different.
8. Be Available and Listen to them.
Jesus engaged people where they were and connected to them.
That’s where he earned people’s trust. That’s where we’ll earn it, too.
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