Are we a friendly church? Do we welcome people? These are great questions, questions we should always ask. But there is more; are we an inviting church? Being friendly and welcoming is needed but in a sense it is passive. Inviting is active; it is us the church going out into our community and getting to know and relate with those who do not believe or are unchurched. At times it is scary and sometimes we will get rejected, but when we truly believe in the saving power of Jesus Christ, then we know we must go. LifeWay Research conducted a survey of 15,000 adults for the North American Mission Board to try and determine which approach is best-received when a church wants to be heard. The best way is the personal invitation, advertising is a distant second. The survey results teach us that personal communication is the most effective way of spreading the word about Christ or His church. Christ tells us to “go” and go we must! Let us go in prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit, sharing our hope in the Living God.
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2