If you’ve spent any time at our church you may ask, if you are not use to this emphasis being made, ‘Why does Grace emphasize so much our need to invite and to share our faith?’ This is a very important question that I’d like to answer with 4 responses.
1. First, followers of Christ are commanded in the New Testament to share their faith & invite others into a relationship with God through Jesus. This command is given both in a final meeting of Jesus with His disciples at the end of a gospel (Matthew 28:18-20) and as a strategy at the inception of the Church (Acts 1:8). 2. The Bible is very clear that a soul, which everyone possesses, is extremely valuable to God—‘what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?’ (Matthew 16:26; Mark 8:37). If Jesus died to bring these souls to God, so we should live to accomplish the same. 3. The Bible is clear that Jesus is the only way to escape God’s wrath against humanity’s rebellion and that Jesus is the only way to have a life enhancing relationship with God (John 14:6; Luke 14:23). 4. Finally surveys have shown that the hardest activity for Christians to engage in is to share their faith & to invite others to saving faith in Jesus. God’s knowing that we would not run to do this task did not present this action as a suggestion but emphasized its importance by presenting it as a command. Jesus commanded His followers to: share their faith story & make disciples continually (Matthew 28:18-20); and to pray for fellow believers to draw others to God as well (Matthew 9:38; Luke 10:2).
I pray that you’ve received a glimpse of the importance of this emphasis here at Grace. But even more importantly I pray that you will see its significance to your life and to then engage in helping us fulfill this important command.