altar call


Definition of altar call

: an appeal by an evangelist to worshippers to come forward to signify their decision to commit their lives to Christ

Examples of altar call in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thousands came to see him, and many streamed forward to commit their lives to Christ when Graham gave his famous altar call. Daniel Silliman, Washington Post, "Protestantism was born in Germany, but it was Billy Graham who brought evangelicalism there," 1 Mar. 2018 His 20-minute sermon would be followed by his familiar altar call, an invitation for those in the audience to come forward to accept Christ. Kevin Mcgill, The Seattle Times, "Analysis: A Graham story, better than fiction," 25 Feb. 2018 He and the other reporters took to betting on the altar calls. Will Higgins, Indianapolis Star, "In 1999 in Indianapolis, Billy Graham saved a cynical journalist," 22 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of altar call

1896, in the meaning defined above

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“Altar call.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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