Why Invite Someone to Church?

Answer: God gave us the task.

The Apostle Paul spells out 2 aspects of evangelism in 2 Corinthians 5:17-21.  “Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!  And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” (NLT)

What many Christians are confused about evangelism is God’s part and our part.  God did his part by reconciling sinners to himself through Christ.  The cross is God’s job.  It is a finished work.  Romans 3:25 tells us, “God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith.”

Our part is as important as God’s part.  Our job is to share the good news of the cross and persuade people apply it to their lives.  We have been given the ministry of reconciliation.  Notice what Paul said, “God gave us” this task.

When you became a Christian or started coming back to church you probably didn’t ask for this.  You may not want to be involved.  But it is the ministry God has given the church.  God gave it to you and to me.

P.S. Food for thought: According the latest Census data, 67% of the people living in Suffolk claim no faith affiliation.

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