In the past few weeks, D R says that while he was leading or helping a high school home group that there were 3 kids of the local HSs who came and visited and who said that they were atheists or agnostics.
D R invited them to come to church and he probably chatted with them about various other things he did not mention clearly.
I do not know how you folks relate with outsiders and if there is anything that might be of benefit for me to observe.
If you folks do not have parties at times or other things which are like parties and which are simply under a different name, you might wish to consider that. You folks probably have social gatherings I have not paid attention to and of course, people have coffee or hot chocolate between church services!
Of course, as Christians, you probably do and I know that some of you do in fact invite newcomers and outsiders to have lunch or dinner with you folks.
You folks probably know Gray and on my very first Sunday’s visit at the church, Gray invited me and another person and that person’s kid to join him for lunch, which I regard as a good and Bible-recommended thing to do.
I went with Gray and had lunch with Gray and his wife. The others did not follow on Gray’s invitation. So, in that case, it was myself and Gray and his wife, on that day!
The Bible as you know recommends that at times we have dinners or lunch and at times to invite people to our dinner or lunch who might not be able to invite us back. You may remember that there is a story about this or an instruction in the gospel of Luke, Luke 14:12-14.
Jesus is said to have said,
12 He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers[b] or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. 13 But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”
Of course, from a Christian point of view, some of those who are crippled and blind are those who are not Christian or not yet Christian or lost or seeking.
If and when we search for Campbell church of Christ party, the results which come up are without the word party. Now, I went to a church for several years and they never had parties that were called parties. The church called them fellowships.
The church for the most part did not believe in people drinking alcohol and most or maybe all of the church did not drink alcohol. The church had “fellowships” at various points of the year, sometimes at similar dates and times to some secular parties.
The church had fellowships around Thanksgiving, at New Years Eve, and on the 4th of July, which was a picnic at some field. Maybe there were even more parties and times than these three times of the year and I did not know of them!
You folks might have parties I simply do not know about and you folks also certainly do have lunch with fellow Christians or outsiders after church and probably at other times, without calling such a lunch or dinner a party! And you folks might have gatherings that are like parties but which you call by a different name!
We see that in Luke 14, Jesus is quoted as talking about having a banquet or dinner gathering, and the word party is not used, but the idea of a party seems to be suggested. Of course, lots of parties among Christians will simply be “parties” without alcohol or drugs! No hangovers needed!
I do not think I have been around you folks when you folks have been relating to outsiders, other than when Gray invited the family who was visiting church one day to join him and his wife for lunch!
So I do not know what you are like in terms of prayer and fellowship for outsiders or unbelievers!
Gray has been a missionary if I recall correctly.
I suspect he has one or several good ideas and that inviting newcomers and outsiders to lunch or dinner is one of them.
If I were to meet an outsider and wish to share the faith, one thing that is done in some churches is to ask if I or the Christian can pray for the unbeliever. Where I am from a person might pray for a person, with that person, that God show himself to that person or save him. You folks might do that already, but I do not know!