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The 82% of the 92%

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92% of our neighbors, coworkers and people all around us are disconnected from a relationship with God. Many of them have simply decided that church isn’t relevant to their life or they have more important things to do with their time.

When we show up to something like Easter and see a ton of people we assume that we’re reaching new people. But unless we’re inviting the 92% we may just be shuffling the deck of Christians that come to church infrequently. God longs to connect with people that are far from Him, it’s why He sent Jesus.

God spoke through His prophet Ezekiel to say that very thing, “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh (Ez.36:26).” There is no one so far gone that God can’t soften their heart and change them from the inside out.

And actually—it may be way easier than you think. Did you know that 82% of people who identify as “unchurched” say they would be “somewhat likely” to attend church if someone just invited them?! That’s amazing.

We think it’s going to be so difficult and we allow our fear to paralyze us against the backdrop of something like an invitation to easter but more than eight in ten people you ask are at least “somewhat likely” to come. There are very few risks we take in our life that have that good a chance of success and the stakes of this invite could be eternal.

The power of invitation has personally changed my life many times. I had a friend from my neighborhood invite me to his Cub Scout troop when I was a little boy and it eventually led to new leadership skills, an Eagle Scout rank, and a medal of heroism (but who’s keeping track?).

God used that invitation to shape me; and God wants to use your invitation to shape the future of people so close to you but so far from God this Easter. So invite someone. You’ve got great odds ;).

Posted by Phil EuBank with 0 Comments
Tags: easter, invite
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The Gospel is For Everyone because Love Saved the World

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Christmas is just around the corner. I bet you already have your decorations in place, gifts under the tree, and a schedule jam-packed with all the things you will do to celebrate.

I’m the youngest of four in my family and presents were a BIG deal growing up. We were always thankful for our normal gifts but one of us would get a really BIG gift. Usually my Dad was in charge of wrapping it (which meant it was in a garbage bag) and hiding it (which meant it was probably in the hall closet). But the funny part was we all played dumb every year and my Dad would say to the person who was getting it, “I left a camera lens in the closet, can you grab it for me?”

I remember all of those special gifts I received growing up and they were favorites for years. It was always a little bittersweet when it wasn’t your year but you knew it was coming.

The great thing about the gift of hope is that it is fueled by God sending His Son to make a way for us to be in relationship with Him forever. And even though we can’t see it and we don’t always feel it—He’s always there. And more than that, it’s for everyone. There’s never a year or a time that it’s not for you. It’s always for you. It’s always for everyone.

So hopefully you’re making room in your schedule and traditions for people who are close to you but far from God to experience the gift of eternity that has already been secured for them. I’m praying for invitations, conversations, and declarations of what God has done for you and the stories of what He’ll do through you.

Grace and peace to your family this season.