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The One Thing Unbelievers MUST Hear When They First Enter Your Church

It’s Sunday morning. You’re standing near the front doors, greeting people as they arrive. Then you notice a new couple walking in, a single child in tow.

It’s obvious this is their first time.

They don’t greet anyone by name. They stand out of the flow of traffic, hesitantly, with a touch of awkwardness, unsure what to do next.

A great chance to welcome a new family! you think.

So you go up, introduce yourself and ask how they found out about your church. “We read about your parenting class on your website,” they tell you. “We could use some parenting help! We don’t believe in traditional marriage, but ever since we decided to live together four years ago, we’ve committed to be the best parents we can be for our son.”

They smile. You cringe.

What do you say?

“We do believe in traditional marriages,” or, “You need to speak with our pastor”?

Or maybe the time-honored, “Excuse me, I have to go to the bathroom”?

We could rewind this little visitor introduction scenario and substitute a whole host of first-conversation bombshells.

The guy who needs four swear words including the Lord’s name to introduce himself.

The person who still reeks of alcohol and smoke from the cigarette and the shot they just downed outside the door.

The gay couple.

Maybe the conversation doesn’t happen at church, but in your neighborhood or your college dorm.

You’re a believer. They’re not.

Their lifestyle choices are glaringly non-Christian, and they’re right there in front of you.

What does that person need to hear from you?