Author: RICK RUST
It is important that we create positive first impressions.
Matthew 5:16, Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
I Peter 2:9, But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.
To “shew forth” is obviously a visible thing and has to do with the impression we leave on others. It is our responsibility to let the world see Christ. Our works ought to lead others to glorify Christ. Our light that we shine forth ought to impress people to have a heart to glorify God.
We must understand that many of the first-time guests we receive are lost, and how we treat them could make a difference in whether they ever get saved.
Matthew 10:16, Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves
We need God’s wisdom as we try to reach a lost world for Christ.
The second a person pulls onto our church property this process begins. What they see, what they experience starts to impress upon them. Is it easy to pull in? What do things look like? How are they treated?
As we all know, it is hard to shake the first impression. That is why it is essential to maintain things like the lawn, flowers beds, church sign and exterior of your building.
Do you allow a bad spirit, lack of planning to hinder your potential for church growth?
Absolutely everything speaks to a first-time guest.
Most people decide to either come back or not within the first ten minutes of their visit. Even before your first hymn or the beginning of your message.
First impressions take place in four areas.
1. Do people feel welcomed?
2. Do people know where they are going?
3. Do people feel you care?
4. Do people comfortably find a seat?