So, you’re thrilled that your friend invited you to church! Your spouse has already connected with some friends she hasn’t seen in years, your kids had so much fun they are begging you to come back next Sunday, and you, well you’re just thankful that the service was nothing like you had imagined!
However, in your friend’s enthusiasm to see you visit the church, there may have been a few things that he forgot to tell you.
- God loves you and has huge plans for you and your family.
- Attending church doesn’t make you a follower of Jesus, any more than attending college makes you an intellectual.
- Being an active part of a faith community (Church) is not a suggestion of God’s.
- Everybody here, without exception, has problems too.
- Giving a “tithe” is not giving God 10% of the cash you have left in your wallet.
- Sharing Jesus with friends and family is not a “Spiritual gift,” reserved for the person leading the service on Sunday mornings.
- There is a very real place called Hell… and we don’t want you or your family to go there.
We are thrilled that you have chosen to join us at church and we look forward to you coming back! We are elated that you are pumped about the potential to be a part of this great new-found community. But, what is most important to us, is your relationship with Jesus.
Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). The bible tells us, that despite what you may have been taught, or regardless of what may or may not be politically correct, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
Your friend really does love you and your family, so ask him what its really like to follow Jesus.