Monday Discussions on Mission
Thom Rainer is reporting that a survey reveals the following about American Christians. I haven’t had time to read all of the article but for the purposes of our discussion today, let’s assume that the numbers are right.
Only 21% of active church members
invite anyone to church
in a year,
only 2% invite an unchurched person.
This is further proof that there is a deep-seated illness in the American Church. Jesus must have been lying in Acts 1:8, when he said that we would become His witnesses when the Holy Spirit has come upon you. (I speak as one who has lost his mind.) The New Testament says that if we don’t have the Spirit, we don’t belong to Christ (Romans 8:9).
Look at those numbers again and then let’s lay out some facts and implications:
- Jesus tells the truth.
- Jesus says when the Holy Spirit comes upon us we become witnesses.
- Paul says that if we don’t have the Spirit, we don’t belong to Christ.
- Therefore, 100% of believers are supposed to be witnesses.
- Yet, only 21% of Christians ever invite anyone to church, and …
- When they do, only 2% of them invite non-Christians.
There are other ways to witness of course (praise God). But let’s be honest, the easiest and most common witnessing efforts by our people in our current attractional patterns of evangelism is parishioners inviting people to church. Two percent is a far cry from the one hundred percent predicted by Jesus.
Brothers, we have got to solve this problem.
Look at those numbers again. Weep. Then make Luke 10:2 a matter for prayer everyday. Join me in prayer each morning at 10:02. Stop whatever you’re doing and join me at the feet at the Lord of the harvest.