For all of our programming and creating worship services at our churches, for all of our discipleship resources and utilizing the means of grace in our lives, without one little thing it can go to waste. We have to ask the question:
Will you come to church with me?
Often times our church members (and ministers) do everything they can to make inroads into a community and truly live a Christian life. They volunteer at food banks and elementary schools. They smile at everyone they meet while they are out and about. They even talk about Christ with people when the opportunity arises. But they fail to do the next logical thing: ask people to come to church with them.
It is as if we are afraid of rejection or of offending others, so we leave off right where we need to make an effort the most. If we do not invite people to church, how are they to know that we would actually like to have them there?
John Wesley, when he was giving advice to his preachers, said, “You have nothing to do but save souls. Therefore spend and be spent in this work. And go always, not only to those that want you, but to those that want you most. Observe: It is not your business to preach so many times, and to take care of this or that society; but to save as many souls as you can; to bring as many sinners as you possibly can to repentance, and with all your power to build them up in that holiness without which they cannot see the Lord.”
While this is directed to preachers, we can apply the same line of thought to everyone. The reason the Church exists is for the sake of others. We have nothing to do but save souls. One absolutely main component to this is to invite people to church.