I haven’t been writing for a long time. Since I got married and helped my husband plant a church, I still don’t have a regular rhythm in life. Life seemed to have spun quickly for the past three years, and I am starting to adapt to this new normal. Why did it take me three years to adjust? Hard to explain, but I am just happy now that I see some signs of regular patterns in life. Hooray!
Anyway, I blogged today because I want to tackle this query that most Christians ask, “How do I invite my friends over to the church?”
NOTE: I know that there is a global pandemic, and I am aware that some nations are not yet allowed to gather in public places. Let’s set aside the COVID-19 for a while, and let’s say these are normal circumstances, and people are free to gather.
As a believer, I know how difficult it is to invite people to church, whether it be a family member, a friend, a colleague, or a classmate. We want them to know Jesus, and we want to give them a chance to experience this wonderful relationship with God. And we know that by inviting them to church, we hope we will provide them with an opportunity to know Him. Yes, we have good intentions, but the problem is, for people who don’t know Jesus and don’t want to know Him, “church” doesn’t sound appealing to them. Why would they go to a place where they feel like an outsider?
Over the years of inviting people to church, one thing I understand is a misconception of what the church is. The church is not the place of worship but a people who worship God. If we know this, then we will ask the question differently. Instead of asking, “How can I bring people to church?” it will be more like, “How can I bring the church to the people?”
A vast difference, isn’t it?
We will now know that worship is not just a 30 minutes program of singing Christian songs with a live band, but a 24/7 lifestyle of devotion to God. The proclamation of the Word of God is not just done by pastors and small group leaders only but by every believer who loves the word of God. Hearing the Word of God is not only once a week, but every day and everywhere. And the Christianese word “service” happens every day not just for Christians but for everyone around us. If the world sees this, they will be curious about Jesus that we love so much.
If we understand that the church is the people, then bringing others to know Jesus is not just an individual effort but a community effort. If we learn how to bring the church to the people and not bringing them to a gathering on the weekend, then maybe they will like what we do, and they would want to gather with us and enjoy church.
I can’t wait for this pandemic to end, but now, let’s start looking for ways to bring the church to our family, friends, and community.
Current mood: Super hot