“He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay” (Matthew 28:6).
We are just weeks away from the celebration of the most pivotal event in history … the resurrection of Jesus Christ. With that Easter celebration comes one of the greatest opportunities to do as the angels did and invite others to “come and see.”
Recent research by Ed Stetzer of LifeWay Research reveals something that we all have suspected was true. The best means of convincing someone to come to one’s church is the personal invitation. Approximately two-thirds of the 15,000 Americans surveyed indicated that a personal invitation from a family member would be at least somewhat effective in getting them to visit a church. Slightly less than that percentage (63%) said they would respond positively to an invitation from a friend or neighbor.
The same research showed that other means of advertising were much less effective. While some forms of advertising may be somewhat helpful, they are no substitute for the power of a personal invitation from a family member or friend.
Stetzer’s research also revealed that at special times like Christmas and Easter there is a spike in a person’s inclination to accept an invitation to attend church. So most people are open to personal invitations from family members or friends to attend church, and they are even more open when that invitation comes during one of these seasons.
Easter Sunday marks our next opportunity to invite friends and family members to attend church with us. In recent years we have put on something special as the incentive to invite others for Easter weekend. This year the “something special” is you and your efforts to invite others. Our regular worship and Sunday School schedule will stay the same for Easter Sunday. When your guests come to church with you on Easter Sunday you can let them know that this is what they can expect every Sunday. Of course, on that day our worship of the Risen Savior will be especially powerful.
Special Easter Sunday invitation cards are being prepared and will be available for you to take and give out to people you encounter throughout the week.
I’m reminded that experiencing the reality of the Risen Lord Jesus was what forged new courage in the hearts of the first followers of Jesus. Let that happen for us. May we encounter our living Savior in a fresh way, infusing our hearts with new zeal to say to those we encounter throughout the week … “Come and see!”