Invite Someone With You To Church This Week

All Campuses  |  Published on August 7, 2017

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This week marks the conclusion of our “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” series. We’ve enjoyed hearing your stories about reaching out to your neighbors and serving the community around you.

We’re asking each and every person at Long Hollow to invite someone to church this coming Sunday.

During our next series, “Devoted,” we’ll learn about God’s design for marriage. This is the perfect opportunity for men and women, whether single, dating, married, or divorced, to come to Long Hollow for the first time–and maybe even hear the word of God for the first time, too.

“Once again Jesus went out beside the lake. A large crowd came to him, and he began to teach them. As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth. ‘Follow me,’ Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him.

While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: ‘Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2:13-17)

Jesus invited Levi, a sinner in need of salvation, to come and follow him. We know from Matthew 9:9 that Levi was also called Matthew. He became one of Jesus’ twelve apostles and the writer of one of the Gospels.

Immediately after Matthew is called, he goes to share the Good News with those around him. His transformation led to invitation–the very next part of his life is to invite people to Jesus! As Pastor Robby said, “Your relationship with Jesus is personal, but it’s never private.”

God invited us to follow Him in the very same way He invited Matthew. We’re sinners in need of redemption that can only come through faith in Christ.

“God has providentially placed you in a community around lost people that He has brought to you,” Pastor Robby said. “What if we looked at these spheres of influence as opportunities to share the Gospel?”

Who has God put in your path that you’re uniquely positioned to reach with the Gospel?

Our natural inclination is to be insulated from the world and to keep quiet about the Truth. But salvation is the most important part of one’s life. We live in a broken world. We are all in desperate need of our Savior and need to be transformed.

As Christians, our greatest call is to go out and make disciples. We can plant the seed that God can grow and blossom into salvation. To do that, we must be willing to engage with the people around us, to get outside of our comfort zone, and to invite someone to church with us. Ultimately, pray for opportunities from God to share the Good News with a neighbor, a friend, or even a stranger.

God is at work even when it doesn’t seem like it. He can save anyone, anytime, anywhere. Trust that He is moving in our midst.

When You Bring Someone to Church With You:

Let them know all are welcome.
We are all imperfect people in need of a perfect savior. All are welcome here at Long Hollow. We have a “come as you are” atmosphere. Dress up or dress casually; there are no expectations for attire. Your children are invited to attend, too. They can sit in a worship service with you, or we also provide age-level ministries for babies, preschool, elementary, middle school, and high school.

Meet them in the parking lot and walk with them to a black “First Time Here?” tent.
We’d love to meet our first-time guests and their families, to answer any questions they might have, and to give them a free gift.

Offer to grab coffee or a meal post-service.
After the service, see if your friend or neighbor wants to get a bite to eat. This is an easy way to follow up with them right away. And if not, make the effort to stay in touch with them during the next week.

Pray for this person. Pray they would come to know and love the Lord. Pray that relationship changes their life. Inviting them to church isn’t about Long Hollow–it’s all about Jesus. Pray for opportunities to share the truth because that’s what will change the world.

Let us know how you’re interacting with your neighbors and what you’ve been learning through God’s Word. Share your stories with us on our Stories page.

Thanks for joining us for our series “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Watch messages here.

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