Should we invite unbelievers to church?
Sure! Why not? Church should be a place where anyone who comes through the doors will hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ proclaimed!
The Scripture says, “The wages of sin is death! But the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 6:23)
May this message be preached from every pulpit! But, we need to understand unbelievers are not part of the Church.
In Romans 8:9, Paul said:
You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Him.
The church is the Body of Christ. Whoever is not of Christ is not part of His Body.
Christ is the head of the church, His body, and is Himself its Savior. (Ephesians 5:23)
Don’t let an unbeliever get comfortable. They need to be convicted.
We are ambassadors for Christ, God making His appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:20)
Though they’re in the doors, they’re still outside the Church until they repent of their sin and are reconciled to God in Christ Jesus.
And don’t use gimmicks to get them there. What you win them with is what you win them to.
For the one who sows to the flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. (Galatians 6:8)
Not one soul has ever come to Christ through pop music or door prizes. Give them the Word of God.
What’s more important than inviting unbelievers is going to unbelievers.
Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. (Matthew 28:19-20)
This is evangelism.
How will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written,
“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”
But they’ve not all obeyed the Gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he’s heard from us?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the Word of Christ.” (Romans 10:14-17)
So yes, invite your unbelieving friend to church; AND take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the rest of the unbelieving world…
… when we understand the text.