Monday, December 05, 2005

What do you mean no invitations?

Mike Cope has quit offering invitations at the end of his sermons:
Has it ever hit you that the early church very likely didn't end their house church gatherings with an altar call? As far as we know, no one came to the front, filled out a card, and said, "I haven't been the example I should be." The nature of their gatherings, however, offered ongoing chances to encourage each other, confess to each other, and pray for each other.

The whole post is worth reading (HT: Preacher Smith.)


Blogger Keith Brenton said...

As far as I know, Mike hasn't offered an invitation on a regular basis for years.* He's just now getting around to telling us all why!

(*At least he didn't when Angi and I were members there from 1998-2001.)

8:20 PM, December 06, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Thanks what I've gathered. I liked how Mike points out that invitations as currently practiced aren't particularly biblical and are, historically, a recent phenomenon.

9:45 PM, December 06, 2005  

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