Worship Pictures 101

New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church

Pastor Stanley M. Jacobs, Sr.

EXTENDING THE EVANGELISTIC INVITATION


We must be able to speak of Jesus from the Scriptures so that those who hear us will come to Jesus. 


The extending of the invitation is a mandate from the Scriptures. 


            Old Testament

            Genesis 3:9 Adam, where art thou?

            Exodus 32:26 Who is on the Lords side, let him come unto me?

            Joshua 24:15 Choose you this day whom you shall serve.

            1 Kings 18:21 How long halt ye between two opinions?


            New Testament

Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Acts 2:38   Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and  ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.


There is a clear call for the hearer to make a decision.


 

Methods of Extending the Invitation

  1. The Public Invitation: given mostly at crusades or public worship times at church.  It is clear cut and decisive.  The message is designed to bring the hearer to a moment of decision.  The invitation is the climax of the message.  There is a difference between those who are coming for membership and those who are coming to make a commitment to Christ as Lord and Savior.  Counseling should be given to those who respond.

  2. The Inquiry Room:  allows for well-trained counselors to deal with the problems many responders bring with them in private.  This is a place where the shy and confused can receive clarification and receive further ministry from the Word.

  3. The Invitation to Sign a Card:  cards are placed in the pews and the responders can leave the card indicating that they would like the pastor or a staff member to call and follow up at a later time.

  4. The Raising of the Hand:  it assists the pastor or evangelist in knowing who is in need of further help.  It is useful in places where movement is restricted and people cannot move down front.

  5. The Invitation to Remain Behind:  an opportunity is given to those who are interested to remain behind.  You should let the people know exactly what will happen when they remain.  They should not be embarrassed but given the information to make a well-informed decision.

  6. The Invitation without an Invitation:  the message is so well received and the power of the Holy Spirit is so strong that people respond and come forward before a formal invitation is extended.

  7. The Private Invitation:  usually given after sharing your personal testimony and inviting the hearer to accept Christ.  The sinner’s prayer of repentance should be given at this time. 

     

    How to Pray:

    Dear Lord Jesus,

    I know that I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness.  I believe that You died for my sins.  I want to turn from my sins.  I now invite You to come into my heart and life.  I want to trust and follow You as Lord and Savior.

    In Jesus’ name.  Amen.  


    Things to Avoid in the Invitation

  1. Manipulation (Do not use trickery, people should know exactly what they are doing)

  2. Emotionalism (Be sure that you present the truth)

     

    Things to Do

  1. Be clear.

  2. Be patient.

  3. Be authoritative (it is the command of God)

  4. Follow-up

     

    How the Church Grows

  1. Biological Growth

  2. Transfer Growth

  3. New Growth   


                                               Blessings to All