Penal substitution is a biblical and necessary atonement model, it offers a biblical, unique and necessary understanding of what happened on the cross. Without it, God’s sense of justice is compromised, weakening what God is doing in us and in what he’s doing in the world — making all things new.
Following up on decisions of faith made at an event is essential to faithful Kingdom Work. It’s a part of making disciples. There are times when perhaps following up on decisions is not possible, but where possible, it is paramount.
Asking student leaders to make these calls to faith in their small groups, however, can produce deep fear in them. There are a number of hurdles to overcome. Thus, it is essential to coach students in how to do it.
Calls to Faith -- a public invitation to follow Jesus -- are common practice in many ministries to help people decide to follow Jesus. Given its prevalence, it seems good to biblically reflect on this practice.
By Serene NeddenriepOnce your students are motivated to make calls to faith in their small groups, they will need to prepare. The practical steps below will help any student, staff person, or faculty member make a call to faith in their corner of campus.BEFORE SMALL GROUP 1. Do it with a partner. If you don’t have a coleader, recruit someone from your group to pray with you. Or recruit a friend to keep you accountable to doing it.
By Serene NeddenriepHow, then, can they call onthe one they have not believed in? And how can they believe inthe one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear withoutsomeone preaching to them?Romans 10:14
If you've never given a call to faith at a chapter meeting or you think you might need a refresher, Ryan Pfeiffer shares his best practices for calling students to respond to Christ. (This article is part of the 2Calls2Faith campaign to encourage InterVarsity staff to give calls to faith at the first two large groups of the semester.)
Many chapters have their largest attendance at large group during the first month of school. Ryan Pfeiffer shares four ways giving calls to faith at these first large groups can have a dramatic impact on your ministry. (This article is part of the 2Calls2Faith campaign to encourage InterVarsity staff to give calls to faith at the first two large groups of the semester.)