How did you get your start following Jesus? Was it a parent, a teacher, or a coach that showed you the way? Was it a friend or a neighbor that invited you to a church service or shared their story? For most of us, it starts with someone caring enough to reach out to us, to befriend us, to connect with us. Often, just taking initiative to invite someone to come to a service with you can be a great start in their journey to follow Jesus. The question is, “Do we care enough to make the ask, to invite someone to a service with us?”
August is one of those “prime time” seasons for inviting people to church and that’s why we do our At the Movies series. It’s a chance to take illustrations from recent popular movies to illustrate principles from God’s Word. It’s also a chance to level the playing field to give us some common ground with friends and neighbors who don’t know Jesus; to invite them to consider Him, perhaps for the first time.
Next month is also time to prepare for the start of a new school year. All this month, we’re inviting you to get out, meet your neighbors and talk to your friends about helping students who otherwise would not have the needed supplies to begin the school year. The Backpack to School initiative is a great opportunity to create common ground with those around us who don’t know Christ and invite them to join us in meeting this need in our community. In addition, it gives us one more way to get acquainted and invite someone we know to attend a service at Pathway.
August 6 & 7 is a special weekend we’re looking forward to; it’s not only when we bring our collected school supplies and filled backpacks to church, it’s the beginning of our At the Movies series. So, we especially want you to identify this weekend to bring a friend or relative to church with you. We’re calling all of our first-time guests on this weekend our “VIPs” and we want to honor them and give them a great gift.
So, let me encourage you during this season to make the ask! Invite someone to fill a backpack, and invite someone to church with you. Even if they say “no” or “that’s not for me,” you’re not responsible for their response, you’re just responsible to ask and to invite. By God’s grace, your ask may be the beginning of their starting to “Follow Jesus, In Community, For Others.” What could be better than that?