Pastor Joy’s Message

“I have become all things to all people, so I could
save some by all possible means. All the things I do
are for the sake of the gospel, so I can be a
partner with it.”
(1 Corinthians 9:22a-23, CEB)

   This year National Back To Church Sunday is
September 21st. Nearly 30,000 churches across
the country will be participating in an effort to be
intentional in inviting our friends, neighbors, and
relatives to come to church. According to the
National Back To Church website, the movement
was spurred on by a couple of statistics: 1.) “82%
of the unchurched are at least somewhat likely to
attend church if invited" –Dr. Thom Rainer, The
Unchurched Next Door, and 2.) Only 2% of
Christians EVER invite someone to church!

   The Apostle Paul would be dismayed to know
that so few Christians today are willing to invite
people to church. Paul was not ashamed of the
gospel and travelled all over the Mediterranean to
share the good news of Jesus Christ. First
Corinthians 9:22a-23 reveals Paul’s method of
evangelism. Paul met non-Christians where they
were. If they were Jew, he spoke to them as a
Jew. If they were pagans, he used the language of
the pagans. If they were weak, he acted like the
weak.

   Bishop Carcaño, bishop of the California-Pacific
Conference of the United Methodist Church shared
with our churches this message:
Growing the church takes great intentionality. We
have to be willing to share Christ Jesus with others
and invite others to consider following Jesus as
Lord and Savior. This won’t happen if the primary
focus of our church life is us. This does not mean
that we cease to provide ministry to those who are
already members of the church, but it does mean
that we make others the priority.

   One of the most important things we do as a
church is making the unchurched of Splendora our
priority by inviting them using their language and
sharing the love of Jesus Christ in ways that are
appealing to them.

   I pray the unchurched will be our priority, and
we will each be faithful to invite at least one
person to church this month.

                   Yours in Christ –

                             
Pastor Joy
SPLENDORA
COUNTRYSIDE
UNITED METHODIST CHURCH





26117 FM 2090 East
Splendora, Texas 77372
281-689-0425
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