The big challenge
In the ‘come and see’ passage from John 1:35 there’s a series of invitations: there’s the one Jesus gives to ‘come and see’; John the Baptist starts off the sequence by inviting his disciples to follow the ‘Lamb of God’; then Andrew invites his brother Simon and then on to Philip and then Nathanael.
During the weekend we’re all invited to go deeper with God and we’re invited to invite others to ‘Come and See’.
It’s a big challenge handing across an invitation. You might say something like: ‘I’m going to this …it’s going to be good, will you come with me?’ And explain what the event is and that there will be a simple and appropriate presentation of what it means to be a Christian – telling the story of Jesus Christ.
Lots of us don’t think we’re good at inviting or talking about why we follow Jesus Christ. Here are some resources to help you think about how you might invite a friend or neighbour to the Come and See weekend and how to share your faith with others.
Everybody Welcome is the complete course to transform your church by improving your approach to newcomers. In five teaching sessions, it will help you review your attitudes to newcomers, learn new approaches and identify areas of improvement and change. The course comes in three different parts, all designed to complement each other and ensure that everybody feels welcome in your church. It was written by Bob Jackson and George Fisher and is available on the Church House Publishing website.
Being Witnesses is a course designed to help church members feel more confident in sharing the Christian Faith with others. This down-to-earth course has been created to help make faith sharing not just doable but also enjoyable. Without imposing unrealistic expectations or making people feel inadequate ‘Being Witnesses’ adopts a practical step by step approach to faith sharing. The course was written by David Banbury for the Diocese of Blackburn and is available for free on their website.
Faith Pictures is a short course designed to help Christians talk naturally to friends, neighbours and colleagues about what they believe. The heart of the course is about helping people to identify a single picture or image that embodies something of their faith. This is because the kinds of communication which best stick in the mind are concrete and rooted in story. The course was written by Mike Starkey for the Church Army and is available on their website for free.