By Steve Foster, Evangelism Consultant, Georgia Baptist Mission Board
Easter Sunday represents a pivotal moment for churches worldwide, celebrating Jesus’ resurrection and offering a unique opportunity for pastors to engage and inspire both congregants and visitors.
The day is charged with excitement, presenting a prime occasion to extend invitations for a response to the gospel.
Here are strategic steps to enhance your Easter service’s response time, ensuring your message of Christ’s resurrection and the hope it brings resonates deeply.
Strategic Steps for an Impactful Sermon Closing Invitation On Easter
1. Prioritize Prayer
– Engage in deep prayer, seeking God’s guidance and anointing over your message and the hearts of the listeners.
– Pray specifically for the scripture you’ll preach, the invitation moment, and a powerful delivery that speaks to every attendee.
2. Embed the Invitation
– Begin your sermon with a compelling invitation, integrating the transformative power of the Gospel throughout your message.
– Example opener: “The Gospel’s message of death, burial, and resurrection has transformed lives for over 2,000 years. Today, it can transform yours.”
3. Anticipate The Miracle of Illumination
– Expect the Holy Spirit to work within the hearts of your audience, preparing them for a response.
4. Incorporate Engaging Questions
– Throughout your sermon, ask thought-provoking questions like, “Have you ever fully trusted in Jesus?” or “Do you have full assurance that if you died right now you would go to heaven?”
5. Deliver with Authority
– Speak boldly as Christ’s ambassador, urging attendees to make a decisive commitment to Christ, emphasizing the impossibility of neutrality.
6. Convey Urgency
– Stress the importance of immediate decision-making, reinforcing that today is the day of salvation.
7. Clarify the Invitation
– Use simple, understandable language to ensure clarity in what you are asking of them.
8. Encourage Rededication
– Address Christians who may have strayed, inviting them to renew their commitment and outlining specific steps towards spiritual rejuvenation.
9. Offer Multiple Response Avenues
– Front of the church for personal interaction.
– Texting a designated number for both in-person and online attendees.
– Visiting a dedicated connection area for further guidance on next steps.
– Integrate these options progressively throughout your invitation as you are giving it.
The message of the crucifixion and resurrection stands as the most profound narrative ever told, necessitating a response. This Easter, invite your congregation and visitors to experience the transformative power of the empty tomb and the living Christ, utilizing these strategies to foster a deeply impactful service.
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Published February 7, 2024