The Litmus Test: Can I bring my unchurched friends to this church?
Will I have to prepare them before hand or can they just show up?
Will I have to translate for them so they can participate without feeling like an outsider?
Will I have to apologize to them afterward?
Will they encounter Jesus when they come?
The apostle Paul said that the gospel is a stumbling block. It sure is. It always has been an anathema to the human condition. It is bad news before it is good news. But the church ought not be a stumbling block.
The church ought to be as welcoming as Jesus. And people ought to be able to belong before they believe. How’s your church doing on this litmus test?