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Inviting someone to Church

Discussion in 'Evangelism, Missions & Witnessing' started by Salty, Jun 3, 2021.

  1. Salty

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    Salty....While seeking a lost person to attend a church service usually should involve more than merely asking that person to come to a certain church service, IMHO that by itself might rule out certain Christian individuals from actually attending a church service themselves. EXAMPLE: A shut-in who cannot physically attend ANY corporate church her-/himself. What exactly do you propose such an individual as this? And then what about a person who is in the armed forces who is deployed for an extended time period. How can you expect that person to accompany his next door foxhole GI buddy to accompany him to a service at his local church (Which is located thousands of miles away!)? While I do see your point in wanting to reach out to someone who is lost, IMHO it'd be a whole lot better (& easier) to have one's own personal testimony be the thing that would attract a lost person to want to know Who made the difference(s) in one's own personal life.....wouldn't you?
     
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    As far as the GI - the Southern Baptists, IFB's as well as other denominations have many English speaking churches all over the world.

    For the Shut in - Face book is a great way ( we cant - as we don't have Wi-fi)

    BUT the point of the OP is not just pass out a track and invite someone to church
    Make an effort to make friends with them -get to know them as a person.....
     
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    inviting a friend or acquaintance to a service has been the primary way my home church has grown.
     
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    Yes, Salty, today we do have modern media that's a big help....BUT, just like you, many people either don't have or can't afford it. Recent Covid-19-related surveys have found that there's a vast number of people that even the more modern media still can't reach. IMHO, although in general I don't like to see our tax $$'s used for individuals, this WOULD be a good way for Uncle Sugar to use this so-called "Covid-19 Relief Funds." As to the deployed GI, there NOW certainly are English-speaking churches in many parts of the world. OTOH, that deployed serviceman will more than likely would find himself deployed to an area where, even if there are English-speaking churches in his deployed area, the local government(s) probably would severely restrict him from attending any of those church's services (& with our government heads we now have, those officials most likely wouldn't allow him to visit those churches anyway!). Thank the Lord for tracts!! I use them as often as I can. In my local area, I still recall handing them out to the children who came to my door on Halloween. Other national holidays can provide another good outreach vehicle for using tracts to good use. This past Sunday (June 7, 2021) was the 77th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in France. My local church provided several opportunities not only for some of our own church's people, but also for others who happened to visit with us. Please continue to pray that our Lord will continue to bless our church's many outreaches here in middle TN. This coming Sunday, our "Men of Valor" outreach ("MofV" focuses on both men & women who've been incarcerated & then released to start a "New Life.") & later on this month (June 21-25) we again will hold our VBS, which not only attracts many children in our church's local area, but also their parents, many of whom are lost. God IS GOOD ALL THE TIME & AND ALL THE TIME, GOD IS GOOD!!
     
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    Could you explain to me in detail what "Old Lifestyle evangelism" is? I do know that there have critics of what they call "Just Live One's Life as a Good, Moral person, but don't ever use the Bible!" type of "Christianity(?)." IMHO, that really isn't what I'd call witnessing. OTOH, the so-called "Button-Hole& Apply Tons Pressure" so that one can gloat about 'How God is using ME'." is, to me at least, just as repulsive a tactic too.
     
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    There was a program in the SBC in the 80s called "lifestyle evangelism."
     
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    to me the old life style -was on a Sunday night, the preacher preaching "if you walk out this door tonight and get run over by a truck and you are not saved - you will go to Hell. - so you need to get saved tonight - before you walk out these doors."

    You know what - I have never seen someone get run over by a truck when they walk out the door of a church........
     
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    Yeah, but I saw a truck load of teenagers get killed day after. Drunk in a truck wreck.

    A lot of my friends got saved (really saved) at a Bailey Smith crusade. If you a good Southern Baptist, You know what sermon it was.
     
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    And, just think...Either that truck was driven by an Arminian driver who couldn't figure out God's "Road Map" (a/k/a "The Romans Road!") was telling him ,or maybe he was predestined in "Eternity Past" to run out of gas right before his truck "automatically" stopped running! .... Yah Think??!!?? :eek::eek::eek:
     
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    I praise God for those old-time evangelistic crusades. Sure, some of them were pretty high-pressured ones & I remember reading of one of them actually had some of their own workers come forward just to merely count them as "Brand-New Converts." About the worst high-pressure tactic I actually witnessed was back in the late 1960s where the evangelist DID preach a fairly good "Soul-Winning" sermon. OTOH, his invitation hymn, "Just As I Am." would only be played 3 times. Why just 3 times? He merely stated that Peter denied Christ 3 times, so....if after 3 verses, all of us will PUBLICLY see who's a "Christ-Denier" in our audience. Guess which category I put myself in there!
     
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    But on the other hand - when a pastor will have the congregation sing Just As I am - about 5 times - with all the verses ....
     
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    Salty, What's even worse than that is when you hear this "Meek-and-Mild"(?) Evangelist proclaim: "Now see here people!! I know we've sung "Just as I Am" 95 times! But we're a gonna sing it 96 times until some lost person comes forward to this here 'Mourner's Bench'!!"
     
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    or the pastor says- "Since someone is at the alter - we dont want to rush the work of the Lord - we will just wait until they are finished...."
     
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    and on a serious note - if someone does walk the aisle - it is then important for someone to take them to a separate room for counseling..
     
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    A separate room for counseling normally is fine, but what if the church is having "Dinner on the GROUNDS"?
     
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