Why You Shouldn’t Invite People to Church

What Scripture passage tells us to invite people to church? (Don’t look too hard, because there isn’t one.)

The motivation behind inviting someone to church is good. We want them to hear the gospel, to get saved, and to follow Christ with the rest of their lives. Interestingly, however, the Bible tells us to do something else. Jesus told us to “go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation” (Mark 16:15).

While churches should preach the gospel, church is not an evangelism tool. The church was designed for believers. It’s where believers go to have their wounds healed through worship, fellowship, and teaching before they go back out into battle.

Every believer is responsible for explaining the gospel. If we just pass the entire responsibility over to our pastor, we’re shirking our duty to the Great Commission.

4 Responses to Why You Shouldn’t Invite People to Church

  1. krislinatin says:

    Amen, i was blogging about this also!

  2. Scott says:

    I agree that Christians should be out doing the teaching. It is true that the assembly is not usually the best evangelism tool, but also see 1 Cor. 14:23-25. Non-believers did come into assemblies and were convicted.

  3. Jason Brown says:

    I wonder if God looks at how institutionalized church has again become and shakes his head?

    Go into the world…not sit at church on your butt and hope they magically feel a need to seek God.

    Good stuff.

  4. billphillips says:


    Thanks for your comments. Scott, I agree that unbelievers should be welcomed warmly into church, and hopefully they’ll get saved while there.


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