Who will be here @ Capital City this weekend – because you asked?
Think about it . . . Sunday is BIG! Now I realize in our present popular culture Easter is dwarfed in many ways by “the other” BIG holiday – Christmas. As far as I know:
- Most families don’t hang up Easter lights, decorate an Easter tree, or even exchange resurrection gifts.
- We don’t listen to “Easter Jingles” on the radio station for two months before it is here.
- The local department stores sales don’t hold a candle to what is sold at Christmas.
But – the truth is Easter really should be all that BIG! What’s cool about the Easter story is – We already know the ending. May not be as exciting for some to know . . . but it sure is for me! Jesus is alive! And that means I have hope, that means I will live with Him.
I’ve seen some results from survey’s lately that say that many of our unchurched friends, who need to hear the Easter story, would join us if they got an invite. Some even say – most would come if they were asked (over 82%). They just never have been.
Then I started to wonder – why would they need an invitation? They know we’re here and they should already know that you & I come here.
Why would a person need an invitation?
They might not know they are welcome . . . most likely because we’ve not told them. So, who will be here Sunday because you asked? Which one of God’s prodigal sons or daughters will be coming because we got a little out of our comfort zones & made them feel welcome?
Rom. 10:14 says, “But how can people call on him if they have not believed in him? How can they believe in him if they have not heard his message? How can they hear if no one tells?”
Sundays sermon is geared for everyone. those who don’t understand – and those who do understand the good news of Great Joy that will be “Unwrapped” from God’s word.
God is the gracious Father who invited us all to come. . .
It’s gonna be BIG!
Together, in His service!
Someone passed this letter to me I thought I’d pass on to you from an unchurched person to a churched person:
I know you go to church, Sometimes, I hear you talking about church around the office. Most of the time I don’t seem interested because I don’t know what to say. At times you seem interested in involving me in that part of your life, but you hold back. I just want you to know with Easter Sunday coming up that if you invited me to come to church with you on Easter, I would probably say, “yes.” I would probably say, “yes,” because we live in America, and going to church on Easter in America is widely accepted as normal. I would probably say, “yes,” because asking me to go to church on Easter isn’t the same as asking me to become a member, or to commit to going every week. It isn’t intimidating or scary, it’s nice. I would probably say, “yes,” because I like you and I would enjoy doing something with you. I would probably say, “yes,” because I feel like going to church on Easter is something that I should do, but never do, because I don’t have a church to go to. So, if you were thinking about inviting me to go to your church with you on Easter, do it. Do it knowing that I would probably say, “yes.” Do it because Easter is important to you. And do it hoping that it will change my life.