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Easter Invite

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Dear Friends,
I trust you are doing well and looking forward to Sunday.
Inviting lost people to Church can be intimidating. I get it. But here’s a startling statistic: According to Dr. Thom Rainer, a leader in church growth, 82 percent of the unchurched are at least somewhat likely to attend church if invited. Please note, he did not say they would attend, but would consider it. Additionally, this statistic increases on Easter Sunday! This means it is highly probable that an unchurched or nonbelieving neighbor, coworker, friend, or family member will accept our invitation, if we bother to invite.  I’ve said it before: “Easter is our Super Bowl!” That’s not just hype but a fact. Easter Sunday is the most-attended church service of the year.
Because that is the case, we are making a concentrated effort to get the word out and invite people in the community around MBC. In a week, more than 6,000 invitations will be delivered to people living around Midvalley Bible Church inviting them to our Easter Weekend Celebrations.  
Here are three reasons why Easter is the perfect time to invite someone to church:

1. The Easter Story is the Essence of the Gospel

“...but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8 ESV). The most important piece of information you could ever share with another individual is that Jesus paid the penalty for our sins by dying on the cross and that he overcame death by being raised from the dead on the third day. Easter is a day when Christians celebrate Jesus’ victory over death and reflect on the resurrection. Jesus’ sacrifice was real, and Easter provides an opportunity to refocus on the most important part of our faith.

2. Most People Celebrated Easter as a Child

Chocolate bunnies, decorating eggs, and dressing up are just a few of the fun activities associated with Easter for children. Even those who have never been to church most likely have some sort of positive association with Easter, like Spring Break or Easter egg hunts at the park. Fond memories are a powerful thing, and for those who have drifted away from God, an Easter service could be what sparks a new or renewed relationship with the Lord.

3. Easter is Full of Fun Activities

The social atmosphere on Easter presents the perfect environment to foster relationships and start new ones. Inviting family and friends over for lunch or dinner on Easter is a great way to bring church home and continue the outreach to others. The social atmosphere on Easter presents the perfect environment to foster relationships and start new ones.
This Sunday, invitations will be available for you to share with others. They will list all the events that are taking place Easter Weekend. Take advantage of this opportunity by taking them home and sharing them with others. Additionally, for those of you on Social Media, take advantage of it. Spread the word and invite!
 
Here’s some additional ideas:
  • Ask God to set up divine appointments.
  • Ask God to reveal the people you should invite.
  • Ask God for favor with whomever you are going to invite.
  • Ask God to prepare the hearts of those you will invite.
Remember:
People are waiting to be invited.
People are longing to be included.
So go ahead and seize your holy opportunity and watch what God does!
I’ve said it before: “Don’t say ‘No’ for others by not bothering to invite them.”
See you this Sunday in person or online.
In the light of His glory and grace,
Pastor Doug
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