Why Invite Unbelievers to Church?

Asking why a Christian would invite an unbeliever to church may strike some as provocative. Yet, it is a valid question. Consider a if a Muslim asked you, Christian, to come worship with him at the mosque. Wouldn’t you wonder why he thought you would consider worshiping Allah?

When the church gathers for Sunday morning worship the primary audience is professing Christians. The very definition of the word church is the “called out ones” who are believers. Technically, no believers equals no church. Yet, we know there will be unbelievers in the pews on Sunday morning. Unbelievers should be welcomed into our worship services exhorting them to repent and believe the gospel.

So, my point is not that Christians should never invite someone to church, but to think a little more deeply about why. I found a great story in Alvin Reid’s Evangelism Handbook to help all Christians think about what they are inviting unbelievers to when they invite them to church or Sunday School.

The story was told to Reid by Darrell Robinson that happened when Robinson was pastoring First Baptist Church of Pasadena. Robinson was challenging his congregation to learn to evangelize. The WMU director said she would certainly train other to evangelize, but was not very good at it herself. She had failed many times.

We pick up the story at the end of the evangelism training.

After the four nights of training, this woman’s team and all the others went into the community to witness. She did not have the opportunity to witness. But God had given her a burden through the training for her beautician. At her next appointment she sat in the chair, flipping through an evangelistic tract.

The hairdresser asked, “What are you reading?”

“I’m reading a little booklet about Jesus. May I share it with you?”

They read through the booklet, and the hairdresser was interested, expressing her desire to be saved. How did the WMU director respond? She freaked out! She left, drove to the church, and rushed into Robinson’s office in tears. She told her pastor the situation, pleading with him to go draw the net. Robinson said he would go, but only if she went as well. The two plus another man from the church visited the hairdresser and her husband. Within 30 minutes, both had given their lives to Christ! Then the new believer said something that changed the WMU director’s life.

“You have invited me to church,” the hairdresser said. “You have invited me to Sunday school. You have asked me to come hear your pastor preach. But you have never told me about Jesus. Why?”1

Just think about that story.

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  1. Reid, Alvin (2009-10-01). Evangelism Handbook (p. 21). B&H Publishing. Kindle Edition.

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Gary M October 24, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Some Christians believe that the only duty of the Christian is to preach the Gospel, not to provide evidence for the validity of Christianity’s claims. Do you agree with that? But, without evidence, how does the unbeliever know which supernatural religious story is true? Christianity? Islam? Hinduism? Or others?

Are Christians obligated to provide evidence for claims such as the Resurrection of Jesus, or, can Christians simply say: We do not base our belief in Jesus on evidence, but on blind faith alone?

2 phil montallana February 24, 2015 at 8:05 am

That’s true. You should share first what Christ
Jesus did to you. You should talk with your faith first as an evidence


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