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The Effective Invitation: A Practical Guide for the Pastor [Paperback]

By R. Alan Streett (Author)
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A step-by-step guide for pastors to prepare and present invitations to accept Christ. "There is no preacher on the earth but will be blessed by these pages." W. A. Criswell

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A step-by-step guide for pastors on preparing and presenting invitations to accept Christ.

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Studio: Kregel Academic & Professional
Pages   280
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.12" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.68 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 22, 2004
Publisher   Kregel Academic & Professional
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0825437997  
ISBN13  9780825437991  

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R. Alan Streett is the W.A. Criswell Professor of Expository Preaching and Biblical Exegesis at Criswell College, where he trains men and women for careers in ministry. He is also editor of the Criswell Theological Review and author of The Effective Invitation.

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A Flawed Book From The Start  Aug 16, 2004
I purchased Dr. Street's book out of curiousity of what the author would write to defend the evangelical method of altar calls and the ever so popular sinner's prayer. Sadly, the book lacks any serious theological treatment of salvation and completely ignores the sovereignty of God in salvation.

The book seeks to be a guide both to evangelists and pastors to how to deliever an "effective" invitation (emphasis on numbers being the key word for effective.) Dr. Street should have rightly named this book, "The Effective Manipulation Methods" and then traced the poor theology of Charles Finney right down to Billy Graham. While Dr. Street does try to answer his critics (such as Martin Llyod-Jones) he never truly gives any answers but simply lists Llyod-Jones' nine reasons not to give an altar call and never gives any biblical reason we should do so.

Dr. Street works from a Baptist theology that ignores election and the work of the Holy Spirit (John 6:44; Acts 14:48) and places the emphasis on man (both pastors and hearers). He cites not one biblical example of an actual altar call or genuine invitation but uses various Scriptures out of context to try to make his point. He also gives justification to the sinner's prayer method although he never deals with any Scriptures concerning this matter (since there are none I would expect him to do so).

Overall, unless you are an Arminian in your evangelistic approach, then I would not encourage you to purchase this book. It offers nothing in the means of theological content. You would be better to read Iain Murray's book THE INVITATION SYSTEM or John MacArthur's ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL, THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JESUS, or HARD TO BELIEVE.
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ  Sep 27, 2002
In these days of shallow preaching and easy believism, "The Effective Invitation has taught me to preach the Word in an uncompromising fashion and yet it has shown me the urgent need of the call to all to repentance and faith. Biblically and evangelistically this book is rock solid, and it is a well-rounded approach to evangelism and evangelistic preaching that will bless you tremendously. I look forward to reading it again and again along with the workbook.
This book is not a book that can or should be read only once. "The Effective Invitation" is a book that's not meant to be put on a shelf to flex ones intellectual muscle, but one that should be found on the desk, coffee table or some where sermon preparations are done. It's a book designed for the lay person, Pastor, Evangelist or anyone who is serious about the Word of God and how to deliver an effective call for sinners to Repent and Trust Christ through the proclamation, preaching, or heralding of His Word.
Without this book I would still be preaching a half-empty gospel. It is like putting a puzzle together and missing a piece. Some might say "it's no big deal" or others might say "Oh, well". But to me it never seemed complete. You see my preaching seemed to be missing something (just like the puzzle) until I found the missing piece in "The Effective Invitation".
This book has also shown me the need to have a message with an invitation and music that flows together in one accord. It has given me the necessary tools to be able to prepare, put together and deliver an effective evangelistic message. It proves this point through the use of Historical, Theological, and Biblical bases. It has shown me that it's not through the words of man but from the very Word of God is the call issued for the sinner to repent and believe in Christ and Him alone to save them.
The book also covers the invitation from A to Z which is the best method especially in these fast paced, hectic times we as minister are living in. Again it has shown me that I don't draw the people to repent and trust but that it is the role of The Holy Spirit to convict and draw.
This book has caused me to examine the reasons, moods, and methods of other preachers as wells as mine to have people walk the aisle. Also it has shown me how to deal with those who down play or even deny the need for an invitation and its biblical roots. May the Lord bless you as He has me through this book.
An Apologetic & a Practical Guide for the Public Invitation  Jan 31, 2002
In recent days the evangelistic public invitation has come under heavy fire on many fronts. In some cases the criticism is well deserved because of public invitations that attempt to manipulate spiritual seekers. As such, many evangelists have retreated from calling people to a public commitment to Christ. "The Effective Invitation" by Dr. R. Alan Streett provides a powerful apologetic and a practical guide for a return to the public invitation. In this 252-page volume, the gospel message is clearly outlined, and an outstanding explanation of repentance and saving faith is provided.

The author presents the Biblical and historic precedents for the public invitation, followed by a fascinating chapter chronicling Billy Graham's use of the invitation. Streett answers the critics and presents the pertinent reasons for extending an evangelistic call. Finally, he examines the "how to's" of preparing and delivering an authentic and effective public invitation. This includes an assessment of the various models used to invite people to make a decision. The book concludes with sections on the use of music (somewhat dated) during the invitation and insights into the particular sensitivities required when inviting children to Christ.

"The Effective Invitation" is concise, persuasive, and practical. I'm aware of no better book on the subject. I highly recommend it to any pastor or evangelist who desires to see people come to Christ through the public invitation.
The Effective Invitation: A Practical Guide for the Pastor  Jul 7, 2000
This little paperback authored by Dr. Alan Streett has enhanced my working knowledge of the importance of the Gospel presentation, it's delivery and the means for invitating one to receive Christ. Dr. Streett appears to have used all of his expertise as a pastor, evangelist and professor to make this book clear and concise. It is easy reading with distinctive guidelines that can be implemented easily. This book outlines the 'dos and don'ts' for an effective invitation from the introduction of the sermon to the last word of the final prayer. Dr. Streett gives precise creative methods that can be used in many different settings. The material is doctrinally sound and enegetic in it's delivery. This book is a must for all Christians. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear Dr. Streett teach on the subject of the importance of the invitation and his sense of humor can readily be seen throughout the pages of the book. He is a hero of the Gospel equal to Paul and this book clearly defines his courage in a world that fears man's response rather than the will of God. I would even venture to say that to hear Dr. Streett deliver the message of Christ, makes the book even more impressive.
A Soul Winner's Handbook  Dec 9, 1999
Of all the books I've read, none has impacted my evangelistic ministry more than THE EFFECTIVE INVITATION. After I read the last page, I turned back to the front to read the book again. If you are a pastor, evangelist, teacher, or a soul winner, this book will be a tremendous help to your understanding of the gospel message and how to give a biblical invitation.

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