The Parable of the Wedding Feast
“So go to the street corners and
invite everyone you see. Tell them
to come to my feast.”
Matthew 22:9 (ERV)
We must get past our fear of
inviting others if we truly want
others to have what we have.
They need to hear the Gospel!
But before people can pray to the Lord for help,
they must believe in him. And before they can
believe in the Lord, they must hear about him.
And for anyone to hear about the Lord, someone
must tell them. And before anyone can go and tell
them, they must be sent. As the Scriptures say,
“How wonderful it is to see someone coming to
tell good news!” But not all the people accepted
that good news. Isaiah said, “Lord, who believed
what we told them?” So faith comes from hearing
the Good News. And people hear the Good News
when someone tells them about Christ.
Romans 10:14-17 (ERV)
One simple question
“Would you like to come to church with me sometime?”
8 tips for getting past the fear of inviting
1. PRAY YOU’D HAVE GOD’S HEART FOR THE
If your heart has become so hardened that you no longer
care that your neighbor is estranged from Christ, repent!
2. PRAY FOR COURAGE
Pray to get over your fear, pray for courage, and pray for
3. PRAY FOR SPECIFIC PEOPLE
Pray for five specific people that you will invite to hear the
4. REMEMBER YOUR OWN CALLING
Remember how you were invited, and why you
responded when you heard the Gospel message.
5. REMEMBER THE GOSPEL
Remember, the goal of inviting non-Christians to worship
on Sunday is incredibly simple: through the preaching of
the gospel of Jesus Christ, God will open blind eyes and
a dead heart to believe.
6. TRUST IN THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL TO
If your non-Christian friend seems to have little interest in
Christ that is not a sign they never will. Remember they
are living in the same place you once were before you
obeyed the Gospel.
7. KNOW THAT SHARING THE HOPE OF
ETERNITY IS LOVING
Loving someone means caring about their eternal future,
not just the brief moment of this life.
8. KNOW THAT IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU
Nothing about God saving your non-Christian friend
depends on you.
Salvation is of the Lord, not the result of your clever
If you know that God does all the work of awakening a
dead heart, it takes the pressure off your abilities to get
the words or the timing just right.
Our job is faithfulness to tell his gospel; the results are of
Whom do you need to invite?
“Since we have such a hope, we are very
2 Corinthians 3:12 (ESV)
Adapted from and article by: Matt Rogers.
Mars Hill church
August 29, 2013