Winning Ways - from Hillcrest Baptist Church, Austin, Texas
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Don't Bother Inviting Me
"Don’t worry about inviting me to church."
I know we’re friends, and you go to church, but I know talking about your faith makes you uncomfortable. At least, that’s the sense I get. We talk about a lot of stuff, but whenever church or God comes up, you get -- I don’t know, tense. I’ve never understood why -- it doesn’t weird me out as much as it does you -- but I’m happy to relieve you of what is obviously something that makes you awkward.
Besides, he asks, is there anything at church that could really make a difference in his life?
It’s not like I’m an atheist -- I’m not. I believe in God. I’m spiritual. And I want to do better; I’d like to understand the Bible, be a better parent, have a closer marriage, maybe even volunteer for something that would help others. But last time I went to church, that isn’t exactly what was offered.
And then there's the unchurched friend's personal hesitations:
Besides, we both know I’m not exactly a poster-child for Christianity. I’ve got baggage. I’ve got questions. I don’t think church is exactly the kind of place for someone like me.
But Pastor White has a point to make, and he closes his note from the imaginary unchurched friend with this:
But if, by chance, you think I have this all wrong,
Have you figured out the person you plan to invite to meet your Hillcrest Family on Connection Sunday, October 16? I'll begin a 9-week series on the life of King David that day, and I hope the stories will engage, inspire, and convict your friend -- as
well as every one of us.
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