The Power of Invitation

Sermon Outline:

An invitation can change everything. You have the power to change the trajectory of someone’s life.

“It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.”
Acts 15:19

Once upon a time you were an unbeliever. You understand the power of an invitation.

27 Just then his disciples came back. They were shocked to find him talking to a woman, but none of them had the nerve to ask, “What do you want with her?” or “Why are you talking to her?”
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28 The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, 29 “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?” 30 So the people came streaming from the village to see him.
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31 Meanwhile, the disciples were urging Jesus, “Rabbi, eat something.” 32 But Jesus replied, “I have a kind of food you know nothing about.” 33 “Did someone bring him food while we were gone?” the disciples asked each other.
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34 Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.
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35 You know the saying, ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest. 36 The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike!
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Overcoming Obstacles of Inviting

  1. Timing ( I don’t want to waste my invite.)
  2. Fear
  3. Uncomfortable

The clearest verse on God’s drawing to salvation is
John 6:44 where Jesus declares that “no one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.”

The Greek word translated “draw” is helkuo, which means “to drag” (literally or figuratively).

Clearly, this drawing is a one-sided affair. God does the drawing to salvation; we who are drawn have a passive role in the process. There is no doubt that we respond to His drawing us, but the drawing itself is all on His part.

39 Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because the woman had said, “He told me everything I ever did!” 40 When they came out to see him, they begged him to stay in their village. So he stayed for two days,
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41 long enough for many more to hear his message and believe. 42 Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know that he is indeed the Savior of the world.”
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Samaritan Woman Qualifications
• Encountered Jesus
• Believed in Jesus
• Invited others to meet Jesus

Many come to follow Jesus because of a single or a series of invitations.

Look for Notty People

  1. Not in Church
  2. Not going well
  3. Not prepared for

5 Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.
Colossians 4

An invitation can change everything.

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