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Sermon on calling

11th October 2009

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  1. 2. Luke’s life he is a lovely lad
  2. 6. <ul><li>Luke 5:32 &quot;I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>John 15:15 &quot;No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. </li></ul><ul><li>Romans 8:30 “and these whom He predestined, He also called ; and these whom He called , He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.” </li></ul><ul><li>Galatians 1:6 “ I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel” </li></ul><ul><li>Ephesians 4:4-5 “There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling ; one Lord, one faith, one baptism” </li></ul><ul><li>Philippians 3:14 ”I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.” </li></ul><ul><li>Colossians 3:15 “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.” </li></ul>
  3. 7. <ul><li>1 Thessalonians 2:12 “so that you would walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.” </li></ul><ul><li>1 Timothy 6:12 “Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called …” </li></ul><ul><li>Hebrews 9:15 “...that those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.” </li></ul><ul><li>James 2:7 ”Do they not blaspheme the fair name by which you have been called ?” </li></ul><ul><li>1 Peter 2:9 ”But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God's OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;” </li></ul><ul><li>1 John 3:1 ”See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God...” </li></ul><ul><li>Jude 1:1 “Jude, a bond-servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, To those who are the called , beloved in God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ.” </li></ul><ul><li>Revelation 17:14 “…He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.&quot; </li></ul>
  4. 9. <ul><li>Classical Greek </li></ul><ul><li>‘ a call’ e.g. to get someone’s attention </li></ul><ul><li>‘ a summons’ e.g. to court </li></ul><ul><li>‘ an invitation’ e.g. to a feast </li></ul><ul><li>New Testament </li></ul><ul><li>The regular and frequent meaning of the word in the NT is that of ‘a religious call/summons/ invitation from God to salvation’ </li></ul>
  5. 10. <ul><li>1 Corinthians 1:1 – 2 </li></ul><ul><li>“ Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes, </li></ul><ul><li>To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours.” </li></ul>
  6. 12. <ul><li>22 Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men from among them to send to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas--Judas called Barsabbas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren, 23 and they sent this letter by them, &quot;The apostles and the brethren who are elders, to the brethren in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia who are from the Gentiles, greetings.   24 &quot;Since we have heard that some of our number to whom we gave no instruction have disturbed you with their words, unsettling your souls, 25 it seemed good to us, having become of one mind, to select men to send to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, 26 men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27 &quot;Therefore we have sent Judas and Silas, who themselves will also report the same things by word of mouth. 28 &quot;For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these essentials. </li></ul>
  7. 13. <ul><li>“ seemed” is used in the New Testament in this way: </li></ul><ul><li>to “desire” </li></ul><ul><li>to “presume” </li></ul><ul><li>to “suppose” </li></ul><ul><li>to “deem superior” </li></ul><ul><li>Greek Lexicon definition: </li></ul><ul><li>“ to regard something as presumably true, but without particular certainty” </li></ul>
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