In all the times I’ve read the Bible, either I’ve missed it or these aren’t there:
- The Bible doesn’t tell us to invite unsaved people to church.
- It doesn’t tell us we need to get people saved.
- The Scriptures never mention attendance numbers at any meeting of the church (unless you want to stretch a point to include I Corinthians 15:6, but that is talking about witnesses to the truth of Christ’s resurrection).
- The Scriptures encourage evangelism, but never condemn anyone for not being evangelistic, not even in I Corinthians or in Revelation 2-3, which together describe almost everything that could be wrong in a church.
- My Bible doesn’t anywhere tell any church to start a particular program to target reaching a particular group of people.
- It never says we need to get more people into the church. It never says we need to get more young people into the church.
- The Word of God never says we need to make our church services appealing to unbelievers when they visit. It only suggests, in I Corinthians 14:23-24, that our message is to be clear enough so they can understand it if they do visit.
- The Bible never mentions how many people Paul or any other person led to the Lord.
- The Bible never tells us how many churches Paul, Peter, or anyone else started.
- The Scriptures seem to say more about removing people from the church (I Corinthians 5, II Thessalonians 3, Matthew 18, Romans 16:17, etc.) than they do about bringing people into the church.
Just some things to consider when we think about the purpose of the church, missions, and evangelism.