Invitation • Invitations of the Bible
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Invite[Heb qārāʾ (Nu. 25:2; Josh. 24:9; 1 K. 1:9; etc.); Gk. kaléō (Lk. 7:39; 14:8; 1 Cor. 10:27; etc.), hoi keklēménoi (Mt. 22:4; Lk. 14:7; etc.), parakaléō (Acts 8:31; 28:14), antikaléō (Lk. 14:12), phonéō (Lk. 14:12; cf. Mt. 20:32)]; AV also CALL (Isa. 13:3; Lam. 2:22; Lk. 14:12; etc.),
Pocket Dictionary of Liturgy & Worship
invitation. In the *revival service of worship, the offer of salvation in Christ to the unconverted; the call for a *decision to choose Christ. At times perceived as the ultimate goal of the service, it usually comes at the end and may be associated with an *altar call.
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
INVITATION.—The method of public teaching adopted by our Lord being exclusively oral, it was necessary that two features difficult to combine should be prominent in the form of His instruction,—an immediate impression, and a firm grip on the memory. This He secured by mingling freely in the social life
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
COME, TO [בּוֹאboʾ, יָצָאhalakh, שׁוּבyatsaʾ, הָלַךְshuv; δεῦρο deuro, ἔρχομαι erchomai, ἥκω hēkō]. One of the most frequent expressions in all of Scripture, “coming” in the OT often connotes entrance, walking, invitation, and descent. It is sometimes used to mark the covenant, as when God instructs