With Family Fun Night quickly approaching (Fri., Oct. 27, 6:00-8:30PM), what an excellent opportunity we have as a church body to not only host the event, but also to look for ways to leverage the potential of this event by making intentional evangelistic connections with those around us who do not know Christ. That’s what our 20K church-wide emphasis for the year is all about. It is our conviction that God wants us as a church to take the initiative to share His love and good news with unbelievers around us in intentional and practical ways. That may seem like a daunting task for many of us–especially to those of us who are more introverted–but Family Fun Night is a great place to start!
For example, you can extend an invitation to Family Fun Night to an unbeliever. In the midst of inviting that individual, you can tell him or her about something that is going on in your life. You could also listen to them perhaps tell you about something personal that they’re going through, and you could use that opportunity to genuinely and graciously listen to and affirm them. That might then open a door for you to either ask if you can be praying for them about whatever they’re going through, or to give that person some advice or encouragement that might be helpful. And then, whether they end up attending Family Fun Night or not, you could follow up with them to strengthen your connection or friendship with them and then to tell them about how the event went. And it may be that your invitation to Family Fun Night will make it easier to invite him or her to another upcoming BCC event like our Children’s Choir performances in December or our Christmas Eve services.
The point is that there are many different ways we can use a simple event like Family Fun Night to build or strengthen connections with an unbeliever. It would be so easy for us to become so engrossed in our preparations for the event and in our various responsibilities at work, at home, at church, and at school, that we could unwittingly miss out on a divinely orchestrated opportunity to reach out to those around us. Who knows what God might decide to do through this event? It could be that your invitation or connection with an individual is what God chooses to use to eventually help that person take their next step in their faith journey. We are incapable of opening anyone’s heart to receive Christ, but there are many things we can do, through the work of the Holy Spirit, that can make a big difference in people’s lives. Let’s pray for God to open doors for those types of conversations and invitations!