Earlier this week I went to grab a cup of coffee and work on my message for Sunday…
And that’s when it hit me all over again… We really do need friends, family, and a place to belong…
I know we talk about this all the time but it really hit home during the conversation I had with the barista.
As I waited for my coffee she said, “I really like the name of your church – AS IS Church… That’s cool…”
I asked her if she went to church anywhere and she said no.
I then told her that we would love for her to come to AS IS and she lit up and said, “Right on, actually I came one time about six months, and I remember you… You’re the pastor right?”
I grinned and asked her why did she not come back, to which she replied, “I really want to; in fact, it was the most real church I’ve ever been to. The reason I did not come back is that I didn’t have anyone who would come with me.”
I was reminded on the spot that SO MANY PEOPLE in this world feel all alone…and that they would come to church if we really did make the effort to not just INVITE them…but BRING them (just like the guys did in Mark 2:1-12, just like Andrew did for Peter and Phillip did for Nathaniel in John 1:35-51!)
AS IS Church there are too many people living isolated, lonely lives. These are good people just waiting for you to reach out! It is my prayer that we will not just INVITE people, but offer to BRING them. I can promise you it WILL make a huge difference – instead of saying, “Why don’t you visit my church this Sunday” to say, “I would love for you to join me for church and afterwards we could grab a bite to eat or something.”
God has been good to us and I’m EXCITED… and I believe each time we get together it is special!! MAYBE “that person” has told you “no” dozens of times!!! They are worth one more ask!!! And, don’t just INVITE them, BRING THEM.
Let’s do this!!!