“And the Lord added to the church daily.” Ac 2:47 NKJV
God doesn’t mind your church having a small attendance. What He objects to is your church having a small vision, for that limits what He can do through you. The story’s told of a tourist visiting a small English village. He asked an old gentleman, “Is there anything special about this place?” The old man smiled and said, “Yes, you can start here and go anywhere else on earth.” In Acts chapter 5 verse 28 the New Testament church was accused of “filling Jerusalem with your doctrine.” And in chapter 17 verse 6 Paul and Silas were accused of “turning the world upside down.” What impact! God has a plan for church growth, and you have a part to play. You are called to:
Invite them. You say, “Isn’t that my pastor’s job?” No, your pastor is a shepherd. Shepherds don’t give birth to sheep; sheep do that. When was the last time you brought someone to church? If you discovered a cure for cancer or Alzheimer’s, wouldn’t you share it? Jesus said, “A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, and sent his servant…to say to those who were invited, ‘Come, for all things are now ready’” (Lk 14:16-17 NKJV). When the invited guests started making excuses as to why they couldn’t come, “The master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled’” (v. 23 NKJV). Note the words “compel them to come.” Pick them up in your car, arrange breakfast before church or lunch afterwards. Get creative, but whatever you do, bring them to church!
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