Preacher Neil Richey

Preacher Neil Richey

MARIETTA, Ga. (BNc) by Neil Richey — While out to visit a gracefully aging member to wish her a happy birthday, I found myself in the wrong location. I don’t know why this happened, I’ve been by to check on her before. But for whatever reason I knocked on the wrong door and an unfamiliar face answered.

She was no doubt as surprised as I was. I introduced myself, and so did she. She invited me in and I accepted. I told her my funny story, and we had a good chat.

Most times when I knock on a stranger’s door to pay a visit, I’m kindly told “not interested” and sent on my way. Thankfully, this was not the case this time.

We talked about our families, religious background, and shared our “stories.” I learned that this friendly lady was retired, had recently moved to town to be closer to family as she deals with some health issues, and at one time thought of becoming a nun.

Before leaving, I asked her if I might come by and study the Bible with her.

She was surprised that I’d offer to come back and study with “just her,” as if I needed a larger group before I would offer to teach the Bible. I assured her that I wanted to talk to anyone and everyone that would listen.

So we’ll be getting together again real soon. She was so very pleasant, and I look forward to that time.

You know, there is more said in the Bible about Jesus teaching in a one-on-one scenario than giving large public discourses. Statistically, more people decide to become members of a local church when they are invited by an individual, than by hearing public preaching.

What does that tell us? Perhaps we should knock on the “wrong door” a little more often.

The Bible says, “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel” (Mk 16:15). That’s our job. How’s work going?

Neil is a gospel preacher with the Piedmont Road congregation in Marietta. He graciously gave us permission to use and adapt his article.