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When I think of Easter, I tend to think about brightly colored baskets, dyed eggs, chocolate bunnies, and sticky peeps. Society has made Easter into yet another Hallmark holiday where we are pressured into spending more money on plastic grass than we normally would, but what is Easter supposed to be about?

For a Christian, Easter is about Jesus and His miraculous resurrection. For a non-Christian, it is about candy, yes, but it’s also about avoiding everyone who may ask you to attend church on one of the most popular days to attend church.

How can followers of Jesus prepare themselves to approach the sometimes unapproachable? Asking someone to church is hard enough as it is, but asking someone who may already anticipate your request makes mustering up the courage that much more difficult.

In John 4, Jesus talks to a woman at a well. Immediately after their conversation, the woman ran back to the town and invited all of the people to come see Jesus. “Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in Him because of the woman’s testimony” (John 4:39). We can help change someone’s Easter, and their life, by inviting them to church.

Four Helpful Steps For Inviting Someone To Church

1. Read your Bible every day.

The best way to prepare to have conversations about church and Jesus is by reading the Bible on a regular basis. Reading your Bible daily will not only provide you with plenty of examples of people inviting others to meet Jesus, but it will give the Holy Spirit an opportunity to remind you of what you have read and learned when you’ll need that information the most later on in your day.

2. Pray.

Ask the Holy Spirit to give you the words to say. Ask Jesus to prepare the person’s heart and to keep you calm and loving. Romans 8:26 says, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.”

3. Practice what you are going to say.

Non-believers can be skeptical of being preached at. I have found that it helps to stick to what Jesus has done for you because no one can argue with that. Share your story, but keep it short and sweet.

4. Just do it!

No, Nike did not endorse this article, but their motto rings true! Satan WILL try to convince you it isn’t your job to invite them or that they will just reject you, but Paul writes from experience in Ephesians, “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Ephesians 6:11). Buck up and talk to that person you know could benefit from Jesus’ love. 

We all have the opportunity, and the responsibility, to change what our society thinks Easter is about. Easter is when the lost meet their Savior for the first time. Easter is when everyone at NewSpring can someone to be part of our family. Easter is when found people find people.

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