Greetings In the Name of the Lord:
1 Corinthians 9:16 (NLT)
Yet preaching the Good News is not something I can boast about. I am compelled by God to do it. How terrible for me if I didn’t preach the Good News!
This Sunday, September 16th, is National Back to Church Sunday. According to the official website,
“Although 83 percent of American adults identify themselves as Christians, only about 20 percent attend church on any given Sunday. Some people have tried church, had a falling out, and never came back. Other people went to church in the past, moved or had a change in life circumstances. While others went to church in their youth, they drifted away. Some have just never been to church. Regardless of the reasons, research shows about two-thirds of people would attend church if someone simply invited them. A study by LifeWay Research and the North American Mission Board of more than 15,000 Americans found 67 percent say a personal invitation from a family member would be effective in getting them to visit a church. Sixty-three percent say an invitation from a friend or neighbor would likely move them to respond” (http://backtochurch.com/about/press_release/ignite_the_next_great_awakening).
How hard is that? Just say, “hey would you like to come to church with me this Sunday? All it takes is a little effort and a willingness to be vulnerable. We need to take Paul as an example. He said, “I am compelled to preach the Good News!” My friend Dr. Horton had this to say, “Paul did not intend to preach the gospel when he set out on the Damascus Road. If he had decided on his own to preach the gospel willingly, he would have had a reward. But he was not doing so because of his own will. He was discharging a trust that Jesus had committed to him (I & II Corinthians). Jesus himself is calling all of us to compel people to come. Are you going to head the call?