I’ve read surveys lately that say that many of our unchurched friends would join us for Easter if they got an invite. Some surveys say most of our friends would come.
So go invite them! Why in the world do you think I’m preaching 9 times and we’re having 12 services? Are we trying to set a worship service record? We had over 13,000 people for Christmas Eve so we’re guessing we need 12 services to be able to handle the crowds. We had some crazy crowded services and we’re hoping to avoid that. So if you can – join us for the Saturday at 7 pm or the Sunday at 12:30 pm, because those are going to be the lightest, we guess.
But I started wondering to myself why people would need an invitation? They know we’re here – they probably know you come here. Why would a person need an invitation? I think I know the answer. They might not know they are welcome.
You see most people are walking around with a major sense of shame in their lives, and some of it, or most of it, is directed at God. We all know that we stink, and we all have fallen short of what we knew God wanted. WE DON’T DESERVE EASTER!
That’s what my sermon on Gracenomics this weekend is actually all about. We are all like the prodigal son in Jesus’ parable who didn’t even try to come home until he was desperate, and then we think we’re going to have to come home as a servant instead of a son.
But God is the Gracious Father who is desperately anxious for us to come home. This is why we need to get involved.
This is my friend Mike. I got to baptize him this weekend.
It was so awesome for me; because he’s my friend and I see him several times a week at the gym (works for him more than me, obviously). He came, because I asked him.
Who will be here this weekend – because you asked? Which one of God’s prodigal daughters or sons is coming home to the Father because you got a little out of your comfort zone and made them feel welcome?
Thursday, April 5 – 7 pm
Friday, April 6 – 5 and 7 pm
Saturday, April 7 – 3, 5, and 7 pm
Sunday, April 8 – 8:30, 10:30, and 12:30 pm
Saturday, April 7 – 5 pm
Sunday, April 8 – 9 and 11 am
Because He Lives,