I have so many thoughts about this post. If you know me well enough, you will know that I enjoy having a good time in a worship service. You will know that I’m not a staunch, stuffed-shirt who is down on everybody and everything. This week, I have seen churches advertise the things they are giving away to boost morale. As much as I love getting t-shirts, free massages, restaurant gift cards, pens, coffee mugs, and a list of other items, I want to focus on the bigger picture.
I will not say either way if this is right or wrong. The motive is the greatest thing in question. Why does your church do it?
I shared with our group a few Sundays back that our biggest attendance was on a day when we all went to the state park afterward. It was great. When you feed them, they come. I will not criticize why someone came if I know I have been faithful to share the gospel and introduce them to Christ. Their motive is between them and God.
Here is my question to you – Do you invite people to church, or do you invite them to Jesus? I recommend inviting them to Jesus. Because “the church” has a negative connotation for many, the road to leading them to Christ will be one of building trust.
It is beyond my pay grade to judge how spiritual you are if you promise to sky dive off the top of the building if you have 500 people on Sunday or if you promise to preach in a chicken suit if 50+ plus are baptized. I do encourage that you examine your motives and ask yourself if God is glorified and people are truly being converted because the gospel is clearly proclaimed.