Life Group Update
2500 in 2020.
Last month I asked you to pray for our Life Group ministry. Prayer is vital to the success of our Life Group ministry, for if we seek to connect people to Christ and his church through Life Groups, and if we seek to grow them as disciples to be disciplers through Life Groups, and if we seek to serve in missions, ministry, and worship through our Life Groups, if we seek to glorify God, we must engage in prayer. We need God to move. And as we continue to ask God to move, we also must be faithful to do the ministry of expanding his Kingdom. So as a Life Group ministry,
It is our goal to invite 2500 people to come with us to Worship by the end of 2020.
This translates to six invites per Life Group member for the entire year.
A personal invitation is when we invite someone to come with us to Worship either face-to-face or through some other form of one-on-one, personal communication, knowing the gospel will be proclaimed in Worship and hoping it provides you the opportunity to have a gospel conversation with them.
Over the coming months I will share tips as to how to invite someone to church. The first tip I want to share is:
Awkward is better than silent.
Our desire is that these invitations would lead to instances of evangelism both in the public proclamation of the Word and in private conversations. Your awkwardness, while may be uncomfortable, does not change the fact that you are inviting someone to church to hear the gospel and with the hopes that you might be able to share the gospel with them yourself. Silence, however, in a failure to love your neighbor as yourself, does nothing to move an individual to the gospel that can set them free from sin’s oppressive grip on their life.
Our concern is that we be faithful to do the ministry God has called us to and leave the results to him. We seek to track invites, whether they show up or not. Even if no one shows up, but we are faithful to invite, then it would successful ministry. But we know that the Spirit works through the ministry of his people, and I am confident that if we, relying on the Spirit and compelled by the love of Christ, are faithful, we will see God work in marvelous ways.
20 I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house, 21 testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 20:20-21 ESV)