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What's A Good Altar Call

What in your opinion makes a good altar call? Please name somethings that you think should be included in an altar call.

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When one or more respond to the invitation, and their lives are truly altered at the altar. Things to be included are, explain the gospel= Romans 5:12-14,19; the Roman Road and Sinner's Prayer= John 6:37; Romans 10:9-13; Psalm 51; God's Love= John 3:16,36. It is always comprised of prayer and confession; and laying on of hands is good; and if available, anoint with oil. After conversion, is follow-up: Christian fellowship and friendship; baptism; daily prayer; and obtaining and reading a KJV Bible daily.
---Eloy on 4/8/08

Mima, you tell me. Those regularly attending Bible studies are more likely to know that they are not saved by their attendance, coming forward, or anything else but God's grace through faith (Eph. 2:8-9). They would recognize that is not their work that saves them, but Christ's work: Christ's perfect righteousness is imputed (credited) to them (2 Corinthians 5:21), while their own sins were imputed to Him perfect righteousness was imputed to believers in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21).
---Ktisophilos on 7/29/07

Most commonly, "Altar calls" are used where people try to "get results." The problem is, we aren't called to get results but to proclaim the truth of the Gospel and leave the results to the Holy Spirit. WE can't save anybody, we can only tell them the good news of God's love for all men. As a sign I saw recently said, "Be fishers of men, you catch them and let the Holy Spirit clean them."
---tommy3007 on 7/28/07

It does not matter how we get the sinner saved. As long as he/she comes forth and repent- is what God looks at. We don't need altar calls, television or anything else. When someone is ready to give their life to Jesus, a way will be made.
We don't even need a preacher,church to be saved. God will meet you at your greatest need and wherever you are.Jesus does the forgiving and saving not some preacher or witness.
---Robyn on 7/28/07

"But the pastor would never see most of them again at church or Bible study. How many people have not really been born again, but think they are saved because they "went forward" during some emotional moment."
---Ktisophilos on 7/27/0, on the contrary sir, how many people think they are saved because they attend church or Bible studies .
---Mima on 7/28/07

Where is the biblical precedent for "altar calls"? This is an evangelical tradition (who says that RCs are the only ones with traditions?). The Apostles never used altar calls. Rather, after Peter's powerful preaching in Acts 2, the people asked, "what must I do to be saved?"
---Ktisophilos on 7/27/07

I recall one account of a Jamaican evangelical pastor saying he wanted no more American missionaries! The pastor told of how the missionaries would have an altar call, report back to their donors in America about all their "conversions" and the "revival". But the pastor would never see most of them again at church or Bible study. How many people have not really been born again, but think they are saved because they "went forward" during some emotional moment.
---Ktisophilos on 7/27/07

I consider this statement made by--- Delmar to be one of the principal reasons why the church building (the assembling of ourselves together) is given for too much recognition and Christiandom!! "An alter call should not be a ritual of calling sinners to confess Christ as saviour when only the faithful are in attendance with no visitors"
---Mima on 7/27/07

My opinion: The spirit is high, everyone is in unity. The preacher has preached a great sermon then he throws the net(altar call) If one sinner comes forth, that is a good altar call. Heaven rejoices when even one soul is saved.
---Robyn on 7/26/07

An alter call should not be a ritual of calling sinners to confess Christ as saviour when only the faithful are in attendance with no visitors. The annointing of God should guide the pastor to ask the faithful to come down for prayer for their needs and at times the Lord should reveal what the individual needs without their saying. Alter calls should be led by the spirit of God just like the rest of the service. Not the spirit of man or passed down vain repititions.
---Delmar on 7/26/07

Alter is mention 16 time more than that but i quit counting moses made 4 altars all though you can make a chair your alter or your bed Have you ever hear any one say they needed to get in there pray closet and pray this lady laughed when she heard a man say it she didn't know what he meant i said he ment
He had to get alone with God .There is a song that says i just steal a way and pray
---betty2 on 4/11/06

Madison it was symbolalic. Like a metaphor. I
can't quit understand why your church don't have an alter. I'm not saying that a church needs an alter to be a church, but the alter is like the foot of Jesus. A song I like real well and sing at my church is Nail it to the Cross, this song is so meaningful. Lay it at the cross (alter) and walk away free.
---Rebecca_D on 1/27/06

Real results, be the altar call for salvation, healing, a spiritual gift such as new, other, unknown, heavenly tongue/language, prophesy, or some other gift or Fruit of The Spirit [Mk.16:15-'20', I Jn.4:1].
---bob6749_[Elishama] on 1/26/06

nellah, that's beautiful. i like that, a hot seat.
---Eloy on 1/24/06

In the church I attended an altar call for used for people who needed prayer and anointing. Sickness, backsliding, financial problems, strength for getting through trials, strength to help others through their trials. We had a "hot seat" when I sat once, people gathered around me, laid hands on me and everyone prayed together for me.
---Nellah on 1/23/06

Rebecca: My church does not have an altar per se. But I can assure you that there is no part of any building on this earth that, to quote you, "sanfifies anything and anyone who touches it." The only thing that sanctifies me is the blood of Christ. If an altar could do that we wouldn't need the crucifixion of Christ.
---Madison on 1/23/06

Read These Insightful Articles About Bible Study my opinion the only things you need during "an alter call" is the Holy Ghost and obediance.We go to church to reverence GOD the best way to do this, in my opinion, is on our knees with our hearts open.
This should also include praying for/with others for GOD`S WORD commands us to bear their burdens and share his love with them also.
---co_ach on 1/23/06

The Altar sanfifies anything and anyone who touches it. Althrough the bible it talks about Altars, and how people prayed upon the altar. Ex 20:24. Lynn and DoryLory, do you two not have altars in your church? If so do you use it?
---Rebecca_D on 1/23/06

How about "Follow me and I will make you fishers of men" Matt 4:19 and Matt 10:32, Luke 9:59
---Bruce5656 on 1/23/06

A good altar call starts at the beginning where people are greeted, to a praise and worship, and sharing of testimonies, and the preaching of the Word of God. If all these are done in love with the power of the Holy Spirit then there will be good results.
---john on 1/23/06

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Altar calls not in the Bible? I think we see some. Here's one from Joshua." choose you this day whom you will serve" The altar call is a great tool but not the only one. This Sunday after a ladies testimony of deliverance from arthritis and mental anguish we had a fantastic time of ministry and that was before the singing and message.
---john on 1/23/06

An altar call can have it's place but I'm with Lynn, I don't recall seeing anything about it in the Bible either. Too many preachers use the response to their altar call to determine how well their sermon was received. The altar call then tends to be more about boosting the preacher's self-esteem than anything else.
---DoryLory on 1/23/06

Our altar is called "the Mercy Seat". Biblically, the Mercy Seat is the lid of the Ark of the Covenant, which the priest sprinked with blood once a year for the atonement of the sins of the people- Leviticus 16:13-16. This is where the priests met with God. Now, because of Christ's sacrifice, everybody can come into God's presence. A good altar call is any one where someone meets God.
---Ann5758 on 1/22/06

Come trade your sins, your religious traditions, your pride, and anything else that holds you back for a relationship with Jesus Christ.
---sam on 1/22/06

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A song that i like and recommend, sings about this experience. It's called "The Altar", by Ray Boltz on his "Moments For The Heart" CD.
---Eloy on 1/22/06

I once responded to an altar call that went like this: "If you don't want to leave with the bag of garbage that you brought with you tonight/today, please come and give it to Jesus."
---Cana on 1/22/06

At our church, when giving an Alter call, it is done with heads bowed, eyes closed, silence, and the Christians pray quitly for those who need Jesus, if no one comes then the Pastor gives an Alter call for those who just want to talk with Jesus. Our Alter is always open to whomever needs to pray.
---Rebecca_D on 1/21/06

An alter is a place of surrender, of submission, of worship, of sacrafice. All these can take place at an alter, which is not neccesarily made out of solid oak, by the way. Whatever happens there, it should be totally left to the Holy Spirit's choosing- that includes at what point during the service it takes place. Makes no difference if you're standing, sitting, or laying....crying, laughing, or singing, eyes closed or eyes open, or reading the BIBLE- whatever God wants to do
---Molly on 1/21/06

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I just can't seem to find anything in my Bible about alter calls. This must be a tradition of the cemetery's
---Lynn on 1/21/06

Not all churches use altar calls as a regular means of worship. Occassionally there will be an invitation for the believers to come forward to pray for changed hearts and confession of sin. This is usually done as the Spirit leads the worship leader during the praise and worship portion of the service. After the sermon, the pastor will occassionally lead prayer for salvation, but this is done with the congregation sitting, with eyes closed and heads bowed.
---Madison on 1/21/06

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