What does the phrase “invest and invite” mean?
It is simple, really. It all begins when we become a friend with a lost person, with all that friendship entails (invest), and then to ask him or her to be your guest (invite) for worship or some other event at Capshaw Baptist.
The leaders of Capshaw are in partnership with the other members on this effort. Your job is to invest and invite. We don’t know your friends and neighbors, so we can’t invite them to church. So our job is to present the good news of Jesus in a clear and compelling way when you do invite your friends.
Why should you invest in the life of a lost person and then invite him or her to church?
There are lots of reasons, but the most important one is because it is a great way for us to partner together for the great commission. In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus said, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples: baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And I will be with you always, to the end of the age.”
These were his last instructions to his followers before ascending to His father in heaven. Go make disciples. We invest and invite because Jesus told us to. Because he is our Lord, we want to follow his will and obey his example.
In whose life should you invest? Whom should you invite to Capshaw Baptist Church?
The easy answer is “everyone we know.” The problem is that this easy answer is also easy to ignore and dismiss. No one is going to invest in everyone’s life that they know and invite every single person they meet to church. That’s just not realistic. So let’s begin much smaller.
Think of one person you know who does not go to church anywhere. Just one person. Let’s concentrate on a single individual. We can save the world next week. This week, bring to mind one person you know who is unchurched. THAT is the person in whose life you should invest and whom you should invite to Capshaw. Maybe the person has never accepted Christ as Lord and Savior. Maybe they he or she is a Christian, but is not currently part of a church anywhere.
Begin now to pray for him or her, and then look for ways to be a better friend, or to begin a friendship. Then begin to look for opportunities to invite that person to worship or Sunday School or some event in the life of our church.
How should you invest and invite?
Investing and inviting requires patience and persistence. A lot of times our friends will not accept an invitation to church. Most of the time this does not mean they have no interest in spiritual things. In fact, a safer assumption is that your friend is interested, but apprehensive about accepting your invitation.
Be sure to let your friend know that you will sit with him or her, and show them what to do during the service and when. The things in worship that are so familiar and comfortable for us can be unsettling to newcomers. Work to overcome their concerns.
Be persistent in your invitations; don’t give up. Sometimes it takes several invitations. Remember what is at stake, and keep on praying for your friend to be open to the good news.