Steve Matthewson over at PreachingToday.com has a fascinating post that arose from a comment by Tim Keller (who is pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC.)
The comment is this:
“If you speak and discourse as if your whole neighborhood is present eventually more and more of your neighborhood will find their way in or be invited.”
Mark Driscoll echoes that comment:
“Preach to the people you want to have in the room, not the ones who aren’t. What this will do is put your people on alert that they need to bring those people.”
The rest of the post is worth your time. Steve has a great perspective on it.
Find it here.