Easter is just a few days away! Can I count on your help in making it the best Resurrection Sunday ever at FCBC?
Be a Bringer. This is an awesome opportunity to invite people to one of our three worship services (8:00, 9:30, or 10:45 a.m.) and to your LifeGroup. When we invite people to our services, we are inviting them to the place where the Gospel of Jesus Christ will be preached, where Christian love and community will be displayed, and where the Bible comes to life. Inviting people to meet Jesus is a biblical thing to do and is a powerful way to reach people for Christ. Someone has said, “You can’t make a person fall in love with Jesus, but you can arrange a date.” Who will you invite to church on Easter? Stop right now and think of three people you can invite. Pray for them now.
Be a Giver. Each year we receive the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering (AAEO) for North American mission efforts. Please use the AAEO envelopes provided in the seat pockets at church or the one mailed to your home in your giving envelope packet. 100% of this offering goes to the missionaries of the Southern Baptist Convention who are helping us reach North America with the Gospel (make checks payable to our church). Of course, I hope this will be in addition to your regular gifts to the church that support our on-going ministries. Your undesignated contributions to the GENERAL BUDGET make our ministries possible. Right now, we have to say “No” to many ministry opportunities because we are not meeting our budget. You can give online right now! It is safe, easy, and fast. Visit www.GiveToFCBC.com.
Here are a few other ways to help make this a record breaking Easter at FCBC.
Attend a LifeGroup and learn about the power of the Resurrection. With your help, we can reach a goal of 875 people in groups!
Park as far away from the buildings as possible so we can leave the best parking for our guests.
Greet the people you meet in the parking lots, hallways, and worship center. A smile and a “Good to see you today!” go a long way to make people feel welcome!
Pray for Craig and me as we lead the services and share the Gospel.
Let your children enjoy the activities we have prepared for them in BOTH hours in their areas.
Be positive and flexible. Our guests are watching and listening. Don’t complain or grumble.
Make room on your row for guests. Move to the middle of the row!
Get ready for some good news. I have a special announcement to make on Easter!
Ask God to save people! This is what it is all about! Amen?
I love you and appreciate all you do to touch people’s lives with the Gospel!
Last Sunday we gave away “invite” cards for you to use as you reach out to your family and friends with an invitation to one of our three Easter services. Together, we can give people in our community a personal invitation to our church. Here are six ways to make the most out of this simple tool. These tips work, even if you do not have invite cards handy.
1. Be Intentional
Use the invite card and say something like, “I would love for you to join me and my family at Fort Caroline Baptist Church for the 10:45 a.m. service on Easter Sunday. I could meet you in front of the worship center. We can sit together and go to lunch after the service, if you want. How does that sound?”
2. Be Personable
Relax and be yourself when you invite someone to church. You don’t have to be a salesman with a slick approach. It is especially easy when you are inviting people you already know or have a friendship with.
3. Be Knowledgeable
You don’t have to know everything about our church, but you should know enough to assist someone new. Familiarize yourself with the times of the services, the location of the Welcome Center and preschool/children’s check-in, restrooms, and where the youth group meets. You can also speak to a Guest Services team member that day if you need some assistance. Most of them will be in grey t-shirts with our church logo and name imprinted on the front. All Guest Service members will wear lanyards and name tags. But remember, we are all responsible for ensuring our guests have a great first experience.
4. Be Hospitable
On Easter, park as far from the buildings as possible to leave the best spaces for our guests. Don’t park in “Guest Parking”! Introduce your guest to a few people. Point out something about the church that might interest them as you walk them to the service. Be aware of other people around you who may be new. Greet them and introduce yourself to them. If someone looks like they are not sure where to go, say, “Good morning. We are so glad you are here. Is there anything I can help you with?”
5. Be Prayerful
Pray for the people you invite to come. Pray for them to have a positive experience at church. Pray that they will be drawn closer to God and come to faith in Jesus as a result of hearing the Gospel.
6. Be Faithful
Don’t give up on inviting your friends if they don’t come on Easter. Be persistent in your love for them. Find opportunities to speak about the exciting things happening at the church and invite them to attend a service.
I’m excited about what the Lord is going to do as we reach out to others in love. Thank you for your partnership!
Only two percent of church members invite an unchurched person to church. Ninety-eighty percent of church-goers never extend an invitation in a given year. –Dr. Thom Rainer, The Unchurched Next Door
This is in spite of the fact that studies show 82% of unchurched people are open to an invitation to church by someone they know.
I am failing in my job of helping people come to faith in Jesus. I am often guilty of not inviting people I know to a church service so they can learn more about Jesus.
Fear. Fear of rejection. Fear of offending the person.
Busyness. I rush into my day with so much to do that I am not thinking of opportunities to invite people.
Oversight. Sometimes it is because I don't have a strategy to be intentional.
I am not a betting man, but if I were, I would bet you can relate to my failure in this area. I know you want to be better at inviting others to church.
You don't need more GUILT about this. You need a TOOL!
What if I could give you a proven tool that makes it simple to invite someone you know to church?
Here is it! The tool is called an "Invite Card." It is the size of a business card with an Easter logo on one side, and our church information on the other.
Using this card is a simple and effective way to invite someone to church. We will have the cards in bundles of five for you to take with you after the service this Sunday, March 22. (Or call the church office (904.642.2288) if you will not be here and we will reserve five cards for you.)
The benefits of using the invite cards:
Small. They are easy to carry with you during the day.
Familiar. People are used to getting and giving business cards.
Concise. It has all the information a guest needs to know to attend our Easter services or to learn more.
Relevant. People are especially open to attend church on Easter.
Get your five cards this Sunday and then...
Look Across The Table. Invite a family member or friend.
Walk Across The Street. Invite a neighbor or acquaintance.
Reach Across The Desk. Invite a Co-worker.
We are going to make It easy for you to invite someone to church by giving out invitation cards for you to give away. Get yours this Sunday!
So what do you think? Is this a good tool? Will you use it? Leave a comment below. I'd love to hear from you.
Did you miss last Sunday's kick-off message for the series, "The Gospel?" Do you want to hear it again? Then here it is! Click the link below for the audio message. I have also posted the Scripture passage I preached from below.
In the message, we discussed what unbelievers need to know, and what they need to do to be saved. This Sunday's message is about Christ's substitutionary death.
1 Corinthians 15:1–8 (NKJV) — 1 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. 6 After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. 7 After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. 8 Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.
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