If you’ve been coming to church for very long at SixEight, then you’ve heard a couple of other numbers thrown around that you may not understand either.
As you probably do know, SixEight comes from Micah 6:8: “He has shown you O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? But to do justice, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
That’s our aim as a church. We want to be a church full of disciples who do justice, love mercy and walk humbly.
But that’s not our only goal. Our #1 goal is to lift the name of Jesus higher. We want to exalt Jesus to the highest possible place in Hazel Dell and Vancouver. When we do that, Jesus will draw all people in to himself. And that’s where our #2 goal comes into play. We want to reach people far from God.
And that’s where this other set of numbers comes in. 8 to 15 represents the 8 to 15 people you already have in your life whom you can be the light of God’s love to. There are already 8 to 15 people that you know. They’re your family, your neighbors, your friends, co-workers, mailman, grocery man or pizza man. Whoever they are, they’re already in your life. And there are 8 to 15 of them. They’re already in your life and God has them there for a purpose.
Do you want to know what that purpose is? They’re there for you to reach for God’s kingdom. They’re there because God wants you to reach out to them, to shine His light through you into their darkness and live in such a way that they see God in you.
You might be asking: “How exactly do I do 8 to 15?” Well, there are four simple things to do.
- Make the list
- Pray & Expect
- Invest & Invite.
1. Make The List
Think through all the circles of your life that you run in, and think through all the people who are most closely connected to your life already. Think through your family and write down their name. Think through your friends and write down their names. Then do the same for your neighbors, coworkers, mailman, grocery man, pizza man and mechanic.
2. Pray & Expect
Once you have the list, start praying for them by name. Pray for them regularly, every day if you can. You can pray this simple prayer: “God, send your Holy Spirit to open the eyes of _______’s heart. Draw them to Jesus and make them Kingdom warriors.”
Once you start praying for them, then expect God to create opportunities for you to do invest and invite.
3. Invest & Invite
One thing you need to know is that God wants to draw as many people as possible to himself. So, when you start praying for your 8 to 15, God will give you opportunities to reach out to them. So, you should expect it.
When you see the opportunity arise, take it. When one of your 8 to 15 asks to have coffee or lunch, to come over and hang out, to help them move a fridge or mow the lawn, to vent about their boss or whatever else the case may be, invest in that relationship. Invest in whatever way you can. Invest your time and your money. Invest whatever you have to. Invest in that relationship and then invite them.
Invite them to church or invite them to receive Christ when you feel the time is right. If you want a guide to help you understand how to lead someone to Christ, just read this article. But, if it’s too much to do it yourself, then simply invite them to church. Invite them to church where they can hear the gospel and see the gospel right in front of them.
When they come to church with you, celebrate! When they ask questions about God, celebrate! When they accept Christ, celebrate! When they get baptized, celebrate! Party it up! Make a big deal out of it! It’s a big deal. The angels in heaven celebrate…So Should We!!!
We celebrate because that’s what we want to do as a church – reach people far from God. And then we start to help them become disciples who do justice, love mercy and walk humbly.
That’s it. That’s all there is to it. To some of you it may seem like a lot. To others it might seem like little. Regardless, it will be one of the most rewarding things you do in your life.