The Marks of a Good Invitation


 The churches of Christ Greet You (Romans 16:16)


  1. Simplicity – KISS (Keep It Simple Son). Simplicity and truth have a great deal in common. The motive behind our invitation should always be a simple one – i.e., to please God, but never to please and receive the praise of men (John 8:26; 17:4).


The method use in giving an invitation should also be simple. Use language so as to be understood even by a mere child. Keep your message simple and to the point. You will not persuade anyone to obey if they don’t understand what you say. Use a good illustration to make the truth crystal clear. Use the microphone and speak clearly. Three to five minutes is usually more than enough time for an invitation.


  1. Authority – Jesus taught as one having authority (Matt. 7:28-29). His authority came from the Scriptures or from what the Father said (John 12:48-50). We also must speak from the authority of God’s Word (2 Tim. 4:2). “The Scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35); it speaks for itself. The Scripture is like a lion; our job is to turn it loose.


  1. Practicality – Whatever truth or principle you teach, you must also bring it down to the bottom shelf of personal application. If a person can’t or does not use what he’s learned he has lost it (cf. Mark 4:24-25). Believing is never separated from doing (cf. Matt. 7:24-27). So truth is not really possessed until it is practiced.


If you desire to be effective in your communication of the Word of God, you must be conscious of application. We are not referring to a “vague resolution” like “I’m going to be a better husband this week.” We are trying to get the lost to obey the Gospel (Rom. 10:16; 2 Thess. 1:8-9) - i.e, believe, repent, confess Christ, and be immersed for the forgiveness of their sins. Therefore, somewhere in our invitation we must say those things.


God’s Word was not given merely to inform, but to transform (Rom. 12:1-2). The principles of God’s Word will cause men to want to please God and stay as far away from sin as possible.




Good material makes a good invitation. No better material, no greater message is there in the world than that of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  

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