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The Vanishing Invitation

Are you planning to have guests in your home this holiday season? No matter how wonderful your preparations; no one will come if you don't invite them. It's a principle that covers every important endeavor of life; if you want people to respond, you must invite them. So why is the invitation, when people are 'invited' to come to Christ, vanishing from our worship services?

Peggy and I visited and profiled the Sunday morning worship service of one of the fastest growing churches in the country. It was a seeker friendly service complete with thirteen minutes of choruses, zero hymns, lots of video, and a casually dressed pastor that preached an entertaining sermon. The whole service, including glitzy promotions that touted the wonders of the church, was over in fifty-seven minutes. One thing it didn't have was an invitation.

Is this the kind of worship God blesses? I agree with Bill Hybels; (who many credit with starting the seeker friendly movement) the answer is no. After conducting a thorough study, he and his staff realized that they had built a big church that didn't build big Christians. (my paraphrase of their conclusions) One of the destructive results of this flawed movement is the demise of the invitation.

I recently read an article (Walk the Aisle on ChristianityToday.com) coauthored by a professor of church history at a well known Divinity School. I believe it reveals another influence that has caused many young pastors to buy into this error. In the article, the professor states, 'Popularized by frontier camp meetings and Charles Finney's "anxious bench," the altar call became an evangelistic staple of American churches.' Do you see what's missing in that statement? It's missing from the rest of the article too.

Indeed, when I went to seminary, it was explained to me that the invitation was 'popularized' in relatively modern times. However, my professors also showed me that we give an invitation not because it dates back to the 18th century, but because it dates back to the first century.

John the Baptist preached and then asked for a response that involved coming forward and being baptized. Jesus did the same. Shortly after the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost; Peter was giving the following invitation:

"...Save yourselves from this corrupt generation." Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. Acts 2:40b-41 NIV

Why did Peter, John, and Jesus give invitations? Well, it wasn't an issue at the time so they didn't answer that question. However, here are four Biblical principles that lay behind their actions:

  1. The condition of man - We can't separate ourselves into parts. When we make the decision to follow Christ, our body, mind, and spirit are involved. I understand that our bodies are still in need of resurrection and our thinking is not yet transformed into the image of Christ, but Jesus called on his followers to make a physical response in baptism and a mental response in confessing Him before men. The invitation challenges the whole man to come to Christ.
  2. The House of God - When the people of God (with God in them) congregate for worship; that place, whether a grass hut or towering cathedral, becomes a concentration of His presence much like the Old Testament tabernacle. That's why God is often able to 'get through' to people during a worship service.
  3. The Sanctuary of God - If one hundred guardian angels attend worship with your congregation next Sunday morning; your auditorium is going to be pretty well protected isn't it? A spiritual sanctuary. Don't you think it's a good idea to encourage people to make decisions for Christ then and there before they go back into a world controlled by Satan?
  4. The Day of Salvation (2 Cor.6:2b) - When a person is ready to become a follower of Christ; there'll never be a better time or place to be saved.

It's wise to throw away things that aren't necessary and don't work. It's foolish indeed to throw away something that is desperately needed and for which there's really nothing to replace it. So if you're frustrated with the invitation, don't discard it, improve it. Here are some ideas:

...as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God... For He says: "In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you." Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 2 Cor 5:20-6:2 NKJV

 

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Ministry news:

God continues to bless the Journey Into the Presence of God conference of prayer. By the end of December, we'll have led twenty-one conferences this year. That's up from thirteen in '07 and two in the fall of '06 when we started. Here's an excerpt from an email we received recently from a lady that happened to be visiting a relative the day we began a conference:

Mr. Snow,
...When my husband and I first saw you, we were going through the motions of church. What I mean by that is that we went to church, sang the songs, and went home. We had gotten to where we were not very active in church activities and we were not getting much out of church. I had been praying for God to help us change our attitudes and to help us have that strong desire to worship Him again. When we got to the church that morning, we did not know anything about you or the prayer conf. and I just prayed a short prayer before the services ever started and my prayer was that I wanted to hear from God and that I just wanted to feel that desire for God again. Well that prayer was answered when you started leading us through the first prayer...

Many people have expressed similar testimonies about the life changing power of being led into the throne room for a personal encounter with God. It's my hearts desire to help more and more folks have that experience.

I spent quite a bit of time this summer cleaning up the web site. Our average daily visits are now over forty (500 daily hits) That's not near enough, but it keeps growing. If you haven't visited lately, please do and don't hesitate to make suggestions as to how it could better serve your prayer guide needs. I've added our calendar to the 'Prayer Conference' page and a help page for pastors wanting to improve their pastoral prayers.

This fall, I was contacted by Bob Foy, Lay Renewal coordinator for the North Carolina Baptist Convention. (http://www.churchrenewaljourney.net/) He was very interested in the conference and asked if we were going to be in his area. As it turned out, he was acquainted with pastor Ed Yount at Woodlawn Baptist Church in Conover, NC, where I was scheduled to preach in June '09. They put their heads together and we're working toward merging the prayer conference sessions with the a Lay Renewal weekend at that church in Aug. '09. Who know's all the good God will bring out of that.

One of Bob's desires is to get the Prayer Guide techniques before the volunteers that lead the Lay Renewal weekends. He plans to include the Prayer Guide book on their suggested reading list and is going to Encourage them to attend our conferences. God is answering your prayers so keep praying that He multiply this ministry.

The Prayer Guide continues to do well at conferences, 500 books sold since our May newsletter. We continue to sell a few from the web site and Amazon.com. These go all over the country. During the holiday season we're trying to increase our internet exposure so we can get the book and Prayer Guide message to an even larger audience. Here's an unsolicited testimony by an anonymous blogger on Google Books:

I am currently reading a book called Prayer Guide: A Manual for Leading Prayer and it is changing my life. It is by Lowell Snow and I started reading it because I wanted info to use to create the prayer discipleship material that we are making, but it is doing more than that. I think all of you need to find this book, read it, use it (especially in our churches), then pass it on so it can just keep spreading.

October 19, I had the great privilege of participating in the memorial service of David Pierce. He was a friend and faithful member of the Three Creeks Baptist Church where I was pastor for nineteen years. They diagnosed him with cancer just six months before his death. He was a faithful witness for Christ to the end. When I asked how many people were closer to God as a direct result of his witness during those six short months; 75% of the congregation stood. When I presented the gospel at the end of the service, ten people prayed to receive Christ.

There's a line in a country song that goes something like this, 'Someday I hope you get the chance to live like you were dyin.' May we all learn from David Pierce and live a little more like we were dyin'.

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