This last weekend, I had the chance to share in our services a little about John chapter 1. We looked at this pattern that emerges – how these folks that are experiencing Jesus – being found by God’s presence in Him. How they begin to turn immediately and find others who they desire and wish for them a similar experience.
They find people they’re already connected with. They don’t launch into argumentative assaults or dogmatic debates – they simply find their own way to issue a simple invitation: “come and see.” Come check it out for yourself. They share their story, the excitement within them is spilling over and they’re wanting those they love and know to have an opportunity to sense the same thing they’re discovering.
They encourage their friends their connected with to ‘come and see’ – see if it might just play out in a similar experience for you…
43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.”…45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” ~ John 1:43-46
FOUND PEOPLE, FIND PEOPLE
Relational invites allow room for investigation, for struggle and for questions. It’s no longer about ‘winning’ a debate, but simply about allowing God to draw hearts of those He’s searching after. Our partnership is invitation and sharing our story. Don’t we naturally share what we’re excited about anyway? This is true about all things in life. Why shouldn’t this include our relationship with God?
Our friends aren’t wanting to be argued with until they’re beaten down into a submission of consideration. They have been ‘yelled’ at enough in our culture – often too much, so that they may have already formed an distaste toward ‘Christianity’. Typically, what friends who may not know Christ yet, are saying is:
Arguments don’t convince me. Show me a faith that’s attractive and authentic and I’ll consider it. Otherwise, I’m not interested, no matter how ‘true’ you say it is.
That’s why in our cultural context: you can not separate the Message from the Messenger. Your life. My life – they must embody this joy, excitement, grace and hope that we say the message of the gospel entails and encompasses. People today need to see the message lived out, not simply hear it outlined in bullet points.
FOUND PEOPLE, FIND PEOPLE
But we do it relationally.
Here’s the sermon if you want to watch it…
We also tried to figure out = what does it look like to invite people to ‘come and see’?
Though we didn’t give many examples, knowing that all relational connections are individual and no “once size fits all” style of invitation applies; we did show a video – an example of what it should NOT look like… here’s that link: http://vimeo.com/22184385 (this video is also within the sermon)
*If you want to see the 3 sermons we did within this INTERSECTIONS series at Casas Church – click here