Think of a name. Any name. A friend, a relative, or a co-worker. When was the last time that person visited a church? Maybe they haven't been to church in a long time. Maybe they've never gone to church.
Have you ever thought about asking that person to come with you to church? Here's your chance. Today is National Back to Church Sunday. It's dedicated to welcoming friends and family to worship in God's house. Thousands of churches across America invite guests to hear about God's love. Last year, over 26,100 churches participated and together gave out more than 7.5 million invitations to church! It's exciting to be part of such a huge outreach.
So have you thought of someone you can invite? Don't worry about feeling nervous. We all do. But remember that God has placed that person in your life for a reason; He can give you the courage and the opportunity to ask.
It’s not as hard as it may seem. Did you know that most people who have dropped out of church haven’t lost their faith in God—they simply fell out of the habit of going to church? Some moved, had a change in life circumstances, or had a falling out with their former church and simply drifted away. Most often, life just became too busy. This means many of them are open to returning to church.
Will you pray for that person God has placed on your heart?
Let's see what He can do!
I hope today that we will see attendance increase in churches across America. If the person that you've been praying for isn't there - keep praying for and inviting them! Amen?