Easter will be here in just fourteen days and this is one the greatest seasons for growth in the life of the church. The weeks leading up to Easter give us an opportunity for our own spiritual growth and renewal plus they offer us an unparalleled opportunity for inviting unchurched people to come to church. Let me share with you three steps that every Christian can take to experience Spiritual growth and renewal during the next several weeks.
1.) Renew- The days leading up the celebration of Easter provide us with a great opportunity to examine our own lives and experience a personal renewal in our spiritual lives. I find that in my own life, the lead up to Easter is always a time of growing spiritual intensity and spiritual sensitivity, therefore, this is always a good time to concentrate my efforts on spiritual renewal. Here are just a couple of suggestions for how you can pursue this in your own life:
- Take a Spiritual Inventory– Before we can experience renewal and revival in our spiritual lives we need to take an honest examination of our lives. Click here to be taken to a tool entitled “Heart Searching for Prayer, Preparation and Personal Revival.” I have used this tool many times in my own life and have found it to be very helpful in allowing the Holy Spirit to examine my life. Recently, I shared a post entitled “Escaping the Idolatry of Ministry” where I share a little more information about how to take a spiritual inventory.
- Get alone with God for an extended period of time– We live in a busy world and sometimes we find it difficult to carve our time to really devote to our spiritual lives. I find that it is helpful to periodically carve out an entire day or even just an afternoon where I can get away from the hustle and bustle of life to simply concentrate on my own spiritual life.
- Read the Gospels– One of my favorite things to do in the lead up to Easter is to read through all four of the Gospels. My suggestion would be to spend the next month thoroughly saturating yourself in the gospels by reading one each week for the next month. Start in Matthew today and read straight through it. Next week concentrate on Mark, then Luke, then John in the following weeks. This would not only offer a nice lead up to Easter but would also keep your focused on Christ in the weeks after.
2.) Invite- Sit down and make a list of the five to ten of your friends, neighbors and co-workers who don’t go to church. Make a commitment to pray for each of them everyday and to invite them to church on Easter Sunday. Statistics show that 80% of people who visit a church for the first time come because someone they knew invited them. Easter is the single best Sunday of the year to invite unchurches people to come to church. Use every available means at your disposal to invite your friends and family to come to church this Easter. Call them, email them, Facebook them, visit them, do whatever it takes but make sure that you take the personal responsibility for inviting as many people as you can to come to church with you on Easter Sunday.
3.) Connect Getting someone to visit the church for the first time is really the easy part. But once they come we need to take on the responsibility of helping them to connect to the church. If you invite a friend to come to church and they come, it is your responsibility to help them get connected by introducing them by inviting them to sit with you during the services, introducing them to other people in the church and following up with them throughout the week. The simple truth is that unless people connect to other members of the church within the first few days after their first visit, they are unlikely to come back.