Thursday, June 26, 2014

What do they need?

Did you know that everyone visiting First Free for the first time has five unspoken needs? Did you know that God wants to use you to help meet those unspoken needs?

The first unspoken need that guests want met is acceptance. They come asking, “Will I be accepted at this church?” Everyone needs a niche. Our life groups play a crucial role in meeting this need. Your job is to show our guests there is a place for them.

The second unspoken need is friendship. Guests of First Free come asking, “Will I find friends at this church?” People are looking for opportunities to develop relationships. They are not looking for a friendly church as much as they are looking for friends. Be a friend. Become a friend to our guests.

The third need guests want met is significance. “How will I make a difference at this church?” People want their lives to count. When we show people their gifts, talents, involvement and influence matter they will want to be part of that. First Free must be a creative place where all sorts of talents and abilities are expressed.

The forth unspoken need that guests are asking is, “How will I benefit from joining this church?” People will never grow spiritually without a commitment to live out what the Bible teaches in relationship with others. There are Biblical, practical and personal reasons for partnerships (membership). Do you know them?

The last unspoken need is in the area of expectation. “What will be expected of me at this church?” People have the right to know this before joining in. To worship, to pray, to use their gifts, to be generous, to serve the community, to spiritually reproduce themselves in others; whatever the expectation, the church must make it known.

Will you help First Free meet these needs for those who come?


P.S. Should I take this job? Should I marry this person? Where should I live? What does God want from me? If you have ever asked such questions you won’t want to miss this Sunday’s message – God’s Will: It’s simpler than you think!

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