Altar Call

imprrh@gmail.com —  October 15, 2012
Acts 2:38Peter said, “Change your life. Turn to God and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, so your sins are forgiven. Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is targeted to you and your children, but also to all who are far away—whomever, in fact, our Master God invites.” 40 He went on in this vein for a long time, urging them over and over, “Get out while you can; get out of this sick and stupid culture!”
 

So, I learned something again this weekend. Since most of my ministry was done at Spanish Churches, doing evangelism at English Churches is relatively new to me. I am doing an evangelistic reaping meeting, called “We all have Problems“, of 9 presentations, in an Anglo church. Check out the website here: (www.relevantseminars.org/rockwood)

After speaking on Sabbath this morning on the biblical teaching on finances, I made an invitation to join the church, take their relationship with God to the next level, (which was costly to Him, but free for us). Around 20 people of all ages came forward. One already is getting baptized on Wednesday, and the pastor is working with several more.

I found that response interesting because someone had told me that “Anglos” don’t like altar calls. This church must be the exception. I saw the Spirit of God move the same way he moves in Spanish churches. One came down. Then another. Then a teenager. Then a young couple. Then a mother. Then an adult man. Then a kid, and his brother. I was about to pray around 5 times, and one more came, then another.

At night, the sermon was on family. After laying out God’s ideal for the family, the sermon ended with a picture of Jesus’ family of origin, and the jailer and his family getting baptized (Acts 16). (you can see the power point here-(http://www.slideshare.net/RogerHernandez6/family-14721191) Around 12 people came forward for baptism (a more specific call than the morning). You can listen to the message here: http://rockwoodadventist.com/podcasts/1133/media_entries/13889

So, what did I learn?
1. God moves everywhere. People are people. While it’s good to contextualize, it would be a mistake to do so to the point that we stop calling, because it might make some saints uncomfortable.
2. God is already working before you get there. That morning as I debated what kind of call to make (the safe route would have been to make a call on God’s blessing on our finances) a lady came into the green room, and proceeded to tell me about a member of her small group, that has been attending every night. In reality, I took that story as a sign from God to make a more direct call. The gentlemen never came forward that morning. He did at night, the last one to do so.
3. God can take care of his reputation, and your’s doesn’t matter. Don’t worry about yours, just call. I must be honest. I struggled with the concept of making a call and having no one respond. If truth be told, for a moment (or longer) I let my own reputation dictate my decision. It took a direct intervention from God, to lead me elsewhere. I’m glad I listened.

I praise God. Lesson learned.

“Think less of what people would think of you if no one came up, and more about what a decision would mean for a sinnerthat sits in your church”

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One response to Altar Call

  1. Roger. What you are saying here is true. God is already working with all kind, all race, all ages, all background people to bring them to Him. Evangelism is invitation in its purest formulation. Keep it up RH!
    Pablo