Come and See

come and see
  • Come and See
  • I love donuts. Always have- I don’t eat as many as I used to- last week had a bad donut day-
  • I remember the first time I had a Krispy Kreme donut- changed my life- that hot light no joke
  • Told my grandpa about it- French pastry chef- poo-pooed about it- took him- 7 and he believed
  • It was something that I loved- that I knew that someone else loved- so I shared it with him
  • Have you ever seen something cool and wanted to share it with someone? A rainbow, a sunset, a funny video? Gone to a great restaurant? “you got to see this video, movie” hear this song
  • You need to have the same commitment when It comes to sharing Jesus
  • Psalm 66:5 Come and see the works of God; He is awesome in His doing toward the sons of men.
  • On October 31- we are having an invite Sunday- and today that’s what we’re talking about-
  • I want you to come away from this message with a commitment to invite one person- not even get one person to come- just invite one person- if we can get a handful of visitors- it will be great- make a commitment- be about that invite life.
  • From Research- there’s one specific reason that visitors come to church?
  • The friendship factor. They asked more than 50,000 people over the last 10 years why they came to church, and between 75 and 90 percent of respondents say, “I began attending because someone invited me.”
  • Only 2% of church people invite an unchurched person (Thom Ranier, 2003)
  • One study found 37% of Christians linked their conversion to being invited to church
  •  (Unbinding the Gospel) showed 40% who joined first came because a friend invited.
  • Don’t invite people that have another church- not the plan- unchurched- non-Christians
  1. why is evangelism important
    1. We want to give God as much glory as possible- because he is worth it- when we lead more people to Him, it gives him more glory- its more people to worship him
    1. Salvation benefits God the most, and us secondly- the truth is that people have better lives when they are Christians- so why would we not want them to experience it?
    1. Heaven sounds better than Hell any day of the week. The God life is the best life.
    1. Here’s another reason- its mandated by scripture- this is a mandate I’m all for-
    1. Mat 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
    1. These words were spoken by Jesus at the end of his earthly ministry before he ascended into heaven- its often said that the last words that someone says before they leave is most important- GO and CONVERT and TEACH
    1. We, as the people of God who have been converted are to go and convert other people- our salvation was never intended for ourselves- it is for God and Others for HIS benefit (mostly him)
    1. We should be about our fathers business-
    1. I get it- life is hard- and even myself- its easy to get consumed with our own problems and our own issues and the things that are going on with us- Chicken coop- all I think about (food distro)
    1. Marriage, kids, finances, work, world, hobbies, etc. It’s a a consuming life
    1. And its east to get so sucked into it- that we forget that as Christians- our life is not our own- we are blessed to be a blessing- saved to save others- dead to help others live
    1. And so it takes a lot of mind energy- to stay focused and remember to evangelize
    1. Honestly- I don’t need the rejection and the pain- I don’t need the embarrassment
    1. Acts 13:47 For so the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have set you as a light to the Gentiles, That you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.’ ”
    1. We are that light- we are that varisty team- that’s what we are supposed to be doing
    1. Romans 10:14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?
    1. This week- talking to someone who invited someone to Church- they told them they were on the worship team- they didn’t know what worship was
    1. Most people misunderstand church- met a lady one time “Took me so long because I always looked at Christians and thought that I didn’t have what it took to be one”
    1. Someone invited you- someone  brought you- someone cared about you.
    1. Dave Vogee- he was obedient to share the message- and I got saved bc of it.
    1. Mark 16:15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
    1. Every creature- doesn’t matter what season we are in- what pandemic is going on.
    1. Acts 20:24 But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
    1. Man- I have EXPERIENCED- God’s grace and forgiveness and I want people to KNOW
  2. Talking about Harolds- I want to go there if I was going to die- But how much more do you need salvation? I don’t want to hide harolds from you- I want you to come with me! Youll love it
    1. Matthew 5:15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.
    1. It would be rude of me to not share it with you. (people love to help people find a better route)
  • How to invite someone
    • Now- I am not the same as most people- I can talk to just about anyone anywhere- I don’t have a problem with it- I have literally got a free piece of pizza from someone on the beach
    • So for you normies- Let me help you out.
    • Pray and prepare your heart and theirs
    • Now this can happen with someone you know- or when you are going somewhere (pray for appt)
    • Whens the last time you prayed- God give me a divine appointment in this store
    • Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
    • If we want to see a harvest we have to be prepared to reap- pray that God softens someone’s heart to receive it. – pray about it- pray for that neighbor or coworker you’re going to invite to church on the 31st and then DO IT
    • Luke 18:1 Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart,
    • The next step is to Ask- dude on the phone asking for political donation
    • Now you don’t have be that relentless- but you do need to ask- “would you like to come to church with me on Sunday” “ We’re friends and I’d like you to come and see why I am the way that I am” “ I’m inviting you to come to church” “we’re all inviting someone and I wanted to invite YOU”
    • Now- I’ve had most people turn me down to come to church- most of them- some come, some stay- its whatever- but you just keep asking.
    • This week invited my neighbor- come once so you understand whats happening when you see me drive away on Sunday.
    • Acts 8:26-40 READ story of Eunuch
    • Few things to grab from this story-
    • Be open to what the HS is saying– v 26 if he wasn’t listening- he wouldn’t have heard it
    • You have to be listening to what God is asking you to do- what he wants you to do
    • Should I go there- be there- where do you want me? Whats the strategy?
    • Be obedient- if God is telling you- go and do it v 27
    • Hears- and takes action- goes to Jerusalem
    • Hears- and takes action- goes to the chariot Listen and obey
    • Look for a window– v30 heard him reading the prophet
    • If you’re paying attention- people leave hints on where they are at spiritually- you just have to listen to them- they share a struggle say “can I share with you what helps me” or invite them- but you can’t just be waiting for your turn to talk- wait for your turn to turn the conversation into something spiritual
    • Every conversation I have with everyone on the planet I think about if they are saved.  
    • Open your mouth and Share your story
    • Acts 8:35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus.
    • Whats your testimony? What has Jesus done for you? What ways has he changed you?
    • Follow through– v 38 and he baptized him
    • Invite them to meal after- have them to where you live and if you’re embarrassed- clean it up- don’t live like no one ever comes over-  Ask me or follow up yourself during the week
    • It takes boldness-but in the end it is worth it-
    • Expect that God will do great  things in their life
  • God did great things in the Eunuch’s life-  Expect that God will be glorified
  • V 39 went on his way rejoicing
  • Don’t stop
  • V 40 kept preaching the Gospel
  • Make a commitment
  • We should all be inviters- it shouldn’t just be that we do it once a year-but it’s a good start
  • A interesting statistic I heard this week is that growing church grows 10% every year- high bar- but that means that for each person- you just have to get one person to get saved every ten years- doesn’t seem like a hard task- but have you led anyone? Ever?
  • When you think about your life- who have you seen come to Christ specifically because of you?
  • Now that’s not to say that you are worthy- or that you did something good-
  • Its to ask- why not? Lack of effort? Lack of compassion? Belief? Scared?
  • Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
  • And I get it- I don’t think I get ashamed- but I do get scared and embarrassed- not of Jesus- but what people will think about me
  • But how we feel shouldn’t be the determining factor in our ability to share The Gospel with someone?
  • We just have to make a commitment that we will be inviters- check out people, service people, co workers, neighbors, friends, family etc. Invite them all.
  • Commit to Have an answer
  • 1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify he Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;
  • Some people don’t have an answer- and don’t know how to lead someone to Christ
  • I preach it at the end of every message- turn from sin- turn towards God- be saved
  • But you have to know your word a little bit- you got to know that Jesus saved YOU
  • We have what the world needs
  • I cant think of a more emotionally desperate time than we living in right now
  • And I realize I don’t have the same type of Job that ya’ll have- but regardless- I am not afraid. I’m not worried. I’m not scared of the future. I am fully trusting in Jesus
  • And there’s a ton of people out there that are losing their cookies over this thing
  • Their world has changed drastically and they don’t know where to turn.
  • We can share the truth with them- Here’s our truth- Psalm 124:7-8 Our soul has escaped as a bird from the snare of the fowlers; The snare is broken, and we have escaped. 8 Our help is in the name of the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.
  • There has never been a more hopeless time as there is now
  • There are financial worries, political worries, food, and medicine, insurance, jobs,
  • What does the future hold for America?
  • I don’t know really- Here’s what I do no- no matter how bad it gets- if I got Jesus and his church- I’m gonna be just fine. I wont have to worry about it. He hasn’t failed me yet
  • Romans 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • And I do have that hope! I really do- and for some people it may not be believable but maybe its because they haven’t experienced the faithfulness of God like I have
  • Here’s what you do- fully trust God in every area- fully submit to him and watch what he does- and when you invite someone to church- they can tell the conviction on you
  • And frankly- maybe that’s why you don’t invite- you live a double life- stop- live the JC LIFE
  • Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
  • Stop living like the world lives and doing what the world does-
  • Be COMMITTED to be an inviter-
  • OVERCOME your excuses of why you don’t invited
  • BELIEVE that God can use you to bring people into his kingdom
  • LIVE a life of an inviter
  • INVITE someone for October 31s.
  • Story of carman invite- “I went just because I wanted him to stop asking me”

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