3 Reasons You Won't Invite Anyone To Easter At Crosspoint
A lot of us hesitate when it comes to inviting people to church. Our hands begin to sweat when we start thinking about it. Our mind begins to rush with all sorts of scenarios. How do I start the conversation? What do I even say?
Reason #1: “I’m Afraid Of What They Might Think”
There’s always the stigma that we might look like a weirdo when we invite someone to church. The reality is that people will only think you’re weird if you’re actually weird. It’s completely normal to invite people to church. You unashamedly tell others about all sorts of things; usually all things that you love. You talk about your family, children, friends, favorite sports team, even your iPhone. We always tell others about the things we love, but many of us rarely tell others about Jesus.
Sometimes we’re afraid of damaging our relationships. We’re afraid that we’ll lose a longtime friend or a family member will look at us differently. If you value your relationships with those people, they should probably already know how important your church and Jesus is to you. Inviting them will seem normal to them. If you don’t know them that well, then it’s probably not a healthy relationship. If you are close to that person, and you’re close to Jesus, then talking about Jesus will be the natural thing to do.
If you extend an invitation to them, I promise it will do one of two things: expose a relationship that isn’t what you thought or they will respond comfortably and transparently.
Reason #2: “I’m Afraid They Might Say No”
Fear of rejection is real. It’s real for a middle schooler asking a girl to the dance and it’s real for adults in the business place. You always have that thought of “what if they don’t respond in the way I don’t want them to”. If people responded in the way we wanted them to all the time, it would be a very scary world. We want some pretty selfish things sometimes. No should be a pretty common word for us, if it’s not and you’re old enough to read, you’ve had a pretty privileged life.
Is being told no comfortable? No. Not always. But no is honest; it’s real.
We’re not afraid of rejection, we’re afraid of what’s on the other side of rejection. How do you ever recover from such a detrimental thing as someone saying the word “no”?
You just do. You will not die. I promise.
Could it be awkward? Sure. But it’s probably more awkward to them that you go somewhere every Sunday but never share it with them. That your life has been changed by Jesus, but you don’t think it’s something they could ever care about.
Don’t answer for them.
Reason #3: I’m Afraid They Might Ask Something I Don’t Know
Not knowing everything is completely normal. No one knows everything and the reality is they probably won’t expect for you to have all the answers either. You’re not explaining rocket science to them, you’re inviting them to church. The only answer you will need to know is where we are located and the service times.
When it comes to our fears, we need to stop focusing on the “what if” and start thinking about what is real; what is possible. When you invite someone to church, a few things could happen. The first is that they say no and life stays exactly the same. The second thing is that they say yes.
What if they meet Jesus?
What if their life changes simply because you extended an invitation to church?