Today there is much talk among evangelical churches about becoming “seeker-sensitive.” That means that they want to be the kinds of churches where people “seeking” Christ feel welcome. Being a “seeker sensitive” church is a good thing as long as you are targeting genuine seekers. But there are many people who claim to be seekers who are not really seeking Christ. They may be seeking respect, seeking friends, seeking entertainment, seeking personal affirmation, or seeking to have their guilt assuaged, but they are not seeking true forgiveness in the blood of Christ. This is because true forgiveness requires true repentance, and many want to be told that they are “OK” without first admitting their own wickedness and turning away from it. A genuine seeker is willing to admit their guilt and follow Christ once they learn that true forgiveness is offered through His blood.
So how does one attract these sincere seekers? It is not primarily through music, or worship style, or even through being polite and welcoming (although that is important). Sincere seekers are attracted primarily through the message itself as the Apostle Paul says:
But if an unbeliever or an inquirer comes in while everyone is prophesying, they are convicted of sin and are brought under judgment by all, 25 as the secrets of their hearts are laid bare. So they will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you!” (I Corinthians 14:24-25 NIV)
What Paul is saying here is that churches that attract genuine converts are churches where all the members are prophesying. By “prophesying” he does not necessarily mean sharing visions about the future, he simply means that they are declaring the promises and commandments of God in clear language. In other words, they are constantly talking about the Bible and about Jesus and about what He has done for us. These are people who practically apply godly wisdom and good doctrine to their daily lives. They are always talking about forgiveness and grace because it is important to them. When sincere seekers hear this kind of talk they are convicted of sin and it feels as if the secrets of their hearts are laid bare. This feeling is no doubt very uncomfortable at first, but when they learn of forgiveness in the blood of Christ, they may very literally fall down and worship God exclaiming, “God is really among you.”