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Pastors Use Altar Calls to Provide Opportunities for People to Respond to God

Pastors Use Altar Calls to Provide Opportunities for People to Respond to God

YEARS AGO at Urbana 2000, my best friend and I were “sleepily praying” at the morning devotion of a revival-like atmosphere.  Then, we woke up because the people around us were standing up.  I guess we need to stand up, too.  They kept chanting, “Here I am, Send me!!” So we did too.  Over and over, and then finally the speaker said, “Those who are standing, we’re going to pray for you because you just committed your lives to overseas mission!”

Ummmm… we quietly sat back down realizing what we awoken to.   Lesson learned on Alter Calls.

——————————- Here’s a helpful article Roger D. Willmore ————————

The altar call, or the public invitation, is an essential part of the pastor’s preaching ministry. The Apostle Paul reminds us that the invitation for response comes from God and not from the preacher. Though the pastor extends the invitation, the call itself comes from God:

“In Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed the message of reconciliation to us. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ; certain that God is appealing through us, we plead on Christ’s behalf, ‘Be reconciled to God'” (2 Co 5:19-20 HCSB).

The pastor must keep the ultimate aim of his sermon in mind. He is not preaching simply to give information or even to inspire. The pastor preaches with a purpose. He must call for a verdict. The word he has preached demands a response. The following will determine what kind of altar call the pastor extends:

Read more about the AIM, AUDIENCE, and the APPEAL, click here: Pastors Use Altar Calls to Provide Opportunities for People to Respond to God.

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