>Invitation Time

Posted: May 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

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Jesus told a story to a fellow at the dinner table.  He said there was a certain fellow who planned a dinner party and invited a bunch of prominent people. These people stood him up with flimsy excuses.  He then ordered his servant to go get the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.  There was still room at the table so he sent his servants out to the roads and country lanes to strongly urge people to come to the banquet.  Jesus left the story there.  He didn’t say that the fellow who was throwing the party got enough people and was happy, in fact, he left the story with the servants out gathering guests. (Luke 14:15 to 23).
 Let me suggest that in this story we are the servants, and we’ve been tasked with bringing in these guests to fill the banquet room and the reason He didn’t finish the story is because we haven’t had the feast yet. I think the great banquet is the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
What does it take to invite the guests?   1) We need to speak their language.  We tend to speak in our own church language and there are phrases and words that others do not know or understand.  2) We need to speak in a way that is not culturally offensive and causes them to ignore us. The primary way we offend the culture is by “shoving religion down their throat.”  This simply means that we bring up the subject with an agenda.  If we let them bring up the subject they’ll talk about it all day long.  3) We need to invite them.  We rarely invite people to our churches and we even more rarely invite people to know Jesus Christ.  We have great big evangelistic events that are mostly attended by Christians.  When nonbelievers attend our events, the Christians tend to clump together and not engage them.  When we engage them, we only invite them to more events. 
Let me make a suggestion, go out into the roads and country lanes and invite people to know Jesus Christ.  Learn the language, learn the culture, go out and invite people to know Jesus.  
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