Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two disciples who heard what John the Baptist said and who followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his own brother Simon and say to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). Then Andrew brought Simon to Jesus (John 1:40-42).
Following his encounter with Jesus, “the first thing” Andrew did was to invite his brother to meet Jesus. Having responded to the invitation of John the Baptist and having become convinced of Jesus’ Lordship, Andrew couldn’t help but extend a simple and sincere invitation to Simon Peter. As contemporary disciples of Jesus, it’s a pattern we recognize yet rarely replicate. When was the last time you invited someone to meet Jesus?
Think of a time when you tasted something indescribably delicious. Knowing your words could never possibly convey the totality of the exquisite flavor electrifying your palate, you couldn’t help but exclaim to whoever might be nearby, “You’ve got to try this!” How often do we feel the same urge to share the gospel of Jesus Christ, “the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Rom. 1:16)? Far too often, even though we know what we’ve tasted is good, we overlook opportunities to extend an invitation. We worry about what people will think. We don’t want to be pushy. And we certainly would never want anyone to scornfully label us “religious.” Heaven forbid!
My prayer is that the Lord would stir a renewed passion for invitation in our fellowship. May we, like Andrew, feel the courage to never be ashamed of the gospel by seizing occasions to extend simple and sincere invitations to family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and even random acquaintances. May Tabernacle become known for cultivating a culture of invitation.
As we move into the fall and winter seasons, I want to highlight several possibilities for us to extend invitations. I hope you will join me in starting to prayerfully consider who we might invite.
• Fall Festival — October 21, 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
• Thanksgiving Prayer Service — November 21, 6:30 PM
• Advent Worship Services — December 3, 10, 17, & 24, 11:00 AM
• Children’s Christmas Music — December 3, 5:30 PM
• Choir Christmas Cantata — December 17, 7:00 PM
• Christmas Eve Candlelight Service — December 24, 5:30 PM
See you Sunday,