Mar30 Apr 5 Who Is Called

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Our little Church is using a Chronological Bible Reading Schedule by Skip Andrews. It can be found here: http://www.churchofchristduluthga.org/
Each Sunday a lesson is given from some of that week's reading. This lesson covers Mar 30-Apr 5.

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Mar30 Apr 5 Who Is Called

  1. 1. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>Today’s lesson is from </li></ul><ul><li>“ The Word In Life ” </li></ul><ul><li>Study Bible </li></ul>
  2. 2. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>Here is a quick recap of this weeks reading. Hannah was barren so she prayed to God for a son. She pledges this son will be dedicated to The Lord. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>She gives birth to Samuel. After he is weaned she leaves the child with the Priest and Judge Eli to be raised serving God. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>Eli’s sons are evil and The Lord causes them to die. At the time they die the Ark of the Covenant is captured. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>Upon hearing the Ark has been captured Eli falls backward out of his chair, breaks his neck & dies. Eli’s daughter in-law is pregnant. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>When she hears the Ark has been captured and her husband is dead she dies in child birth. In these deaths The Lord fulfills his promise to Eli. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>1 Samuel 2:31 NET In fact, days are coming when I will remove your strength and the strength of your father's house. There will not be an old man in your house! </li></ul>
  8. 8. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>Now the stage is set for The Lord to call Samuel to judge His people. Guess what? Samuel’s sons were evil also. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>The people did not want Samuel’s sons to take his place in leading them. They cried out for a king. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>The Lord heard their cries and sent Saul to Samuel to be anointed King. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>Saul was called to be King of Israel, but he didn’t want to be king. In fact he hid when it was time to publically present him as King. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>Saul made mistakes and sinned against God during his Kingship. God rejects Saul as king. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>The Lord sent Samuel to Bethlehem to anoint a boy shepherd named David that God called to be King. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>Are only certain people &quot;called&quot; by God to do important work for Him, such as the prophet and judge Samuel or the Kings Saul and David? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>The issue of &quot;calling&quot; tends to be confusing, largely because it deals with significance. Sometimes people talk about their day-to-day work as if that alone defined who they are. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>For example, when introducing oneself, it is common to give one's name and occupation: </li></ul><ul><li>“ I’m Rick.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ What do you do Rick?” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I used to fly for a commuter airline. Now I preach at the Lindley Christian Church” </li></ul>
  17. 17. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>By this measure, many people assume that occupations such as the pastorate or missionary work are true &quot;callings&quot; that have significance before God, while other jobs are just jobs. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>Yet even though work is an important, God-given part of life, by itself it falls far short of describing the entire significance and identity of an individual. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>There are many other aspects to being a person--personal growth and development, family, citizenship, friendships, and faith, to name a few. So to define oneself almost entirely by one's occupation is inadequate. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>It tends to place more value on the self than on God; more on activity than on character; and more on success than on relationships. In short, it tends to equate employment with human worth. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>The Reformation leader Martin Luther had a phrase that helps to correct this insufficient view of personhood. He said that a person's entire life was a &quot;task set by God.&quot; </li></ul>
  22. 22. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>In whatever we do—working or playing, eating or sleeping, worshiping or relaxing—we have a responsibility to honor God, for He is Lord of all of life. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>From the Bible's point of view. &quot;calling&quot; describes all of the responsibility of all believers to serve God with all of their lives: Every believer is called to belong to God. Paul indicated to the Christians at Rome that both he and they had the same calling. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>Romans 1:1 NET From Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>2 This gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy scriptures, 3 concerning his Son who was a descendant of David with reference to the flesh, </li></ul>
  26. 26. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>4 who was appointed the Son-of-God-in-power according to the Holy Spirit by the resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord. </li></ul>
  27. 27. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>5 Through him we have received grace and our apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles on behalf of his name. </li></ul>
  28. 28. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>6 You also are among them, called to belong to Jesus Christ. </li></ul><ul><li>Likewise, he wrote to the believers in Ephesus that just as there is one Spirit and one body (that is, the church), &quot;you were called in one hope of your calling&quot;. </li></ul>
  29. 29. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>Ephesians 4:4 NET There is one body and one Spirit, just as you too were called to the one hope of your calling, </li></ul>
  30. 30. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>Every believer is called a child of God. In His love. God brings us into His family, through faith in Christ Jesus. </li></ul><ul><li>1 John 3:1 NET (See what sort of love the Father has given to us: </li></ul>
  31. 31. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>that we should be called God's children — and indeed we are! For this reason the world does not know us: because it did not know him. </li></ul>
  32. 32. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>Every believer is called to accept the work of Christ on our behalf. Though we are sinners deserving of judgment, Christ's death on the Cross has &quot;justified&quot; us—made us able to stand before a holy God and receive His salvation and grace. </li></ul>
  33. 33. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>Romans 8:28 NET And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose, 29 because </li></ul>
  34. 34. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. </li></ul>
  35. 35. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>30 And those he predestined, he also called; and those he called, he also justified; and those he justified, he also glorified. </li></ul>
  36. 36. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>2 Timothy 1:9 NET He is the one who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not based on our works but on his own purpose and grace, granted to us in Christ Jesus before time began, </li></ul>
  37. 37. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>For this we have every reason to live lives of gratitude. </li></ul><ul><li>1 Thessalonians 2:13 NET And so we too constantly thank God that when you received God's message that you heard from us, </li></ul>
  38. 38. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>you accepted it not as a human message, but as it truly is, God's message, which is at work among you who believe. </li></ul>
  39. 39. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>Every believer is called to become like Christ. Living the life God calls us to involves change in which we take on the character of Christ. That means resisting the temptation to turn away from Him, even though others may encourage us to do so. </li></ul>
  40. 40. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>Galatians 1:6 NET I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are following a different gospel — </li></ul>
  41. 41. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>7 not that there really is another gospel, but there are some who are disturbing you and wanting to distort the gospel of Christ . </li></ul>
  42. 42. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>8 But even if we (or an angel from heaven) should preach a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be condemned to hell! </li></ul>
  43. 43. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>9 As we have said before, and now I say again, if any one is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, let him be condemned to hell! </li></ul>
  44. 44. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>It involves fleeing evil and pursuing good, fighting to maintain our faithfulness. </li></ul><ul><li>1 Timothy 6:11 NET But you, as a person dedicated to God, keep away from all that. </li></ul>
  45. 45. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>Instead pursue righteousness, godliness, faithfulness, love, endurance, and gentleness. </li></ul>
  46. 46. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>12 Compete well for the faith and lay hold of that eternal life you were called for and made your good confession for in the presence of many witnesses. </li></ul>
  47. 47. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>Just as Christ is holy so we are to develop holiness in everything we do. 1 Peter 1:15 NET but, like the Holy One who called you, become holy yourselves in all of your conduct, </li></ul>
  48. 48. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>1 Peter 3:9 NET Do not return evil for evil or insult for insult, but instead bless others because you were called to inherit a blessing. </li></ul>
  49. 49. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>As we pursue Christ likeness, we can do so with the certainty that the Lord is helping us, equipping us for every good work. </li></ul><ul><li>Philippians 2:12 NET So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, </li></ul>
  50. 50. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>not only in my presence but even more in my absence, continue working out your salvation with awe and reverence, </li></ul>
  51. 51. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>13 for the one bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort — for the sake of his good pleasure — is God. </li></ul>
  52. 52. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>2 Peter 1:3 NET I can pray this because his divine power has bestowed on us everything necessary for life and godliness </li></ul>
  53. 53. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>through the rich knowledge of the one who called us by his own glory and excellence. 4 Through these things he has bestowed </li></ul>
  54. 54. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>on us his precious and most magnificent promises, so that by means of what was promised you may become partakers of the divine nature, </li></ul>
  55. 55. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>after escaping the worldly corruption that is produced by evil desire. 5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith excellence , </li></ul>
  56. 56. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>to excellence, knowledge; 6 to knowledge, self-control; to self-control, perseverance; to perseverance, godliness; 7 to godliness, brotherly affection; to brotherly affection, unselfish love. </li></ul>
  57. 57. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>8 For if these things are really yours and are continually increasing, they will keep you from becoming ineffective and unproductive </li></ul>
  58. 58. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>in your pursuit of knowing our Lord Jesus Christ more intimately. 9 But concerning the one who lacks such things — he is blind. </li></ul>
  59. 59. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>That is to say, he is nearsighted, since he has forgotten about the cleansing of his past sins. </li></ul>
  60. 60. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>10 Therefore, brothers and sisters, make every effort to be sure of your calling and election. For by doing this you will never stumble into sin. </li></ul>
  61. 61. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>Every believer is called to serve God and other people. Christ has called us to Himself to live out our faith in a manner that is worthy of Him. </li></ul>
  62. 62. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>Ephesians 4:1 NET I, therefore, the prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live worthily of the calling with which you have been called, </li></ul>
  63. 63. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. </li></ul>
  64. 64. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you too were called to the one hope of your calling, </li></ul>
  65. 65. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>We have the privilege of declaring God's work through everything we do and say. </li></ul><ul><li>1 Peter 2:9 NET But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, </li></ul>
  66. 66. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>a people of his own, so that you may proclaim the virtues of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. </li></ul>
  67. 67. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>10 You once were not a people , but now you are God's people. You were shown no mercy, but now you have received mercy. </li></ul>
  68. 68. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>1 Peter 2:21 NET For to this you were called, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving an example for you to follow in his steps. </li></ul>
  69. 69. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>Every believer is called to become a citizen of the new heaven and new earth. The Christian life leads ultimately to the end of being &quot;glorified,&quot; raised up to stand with Christ in eternal glory pure and holy at last. </li></ul>
  70. 70. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>1 Peter 5:10 NET And, after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory in Christ will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. </li></ul>
  71. 71. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>2 Peter 3:10 NET But the day of the Lord will come like a thief; when it comes, the heavens will disappear with a horrific noise, </li></ul>
  72. 72. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>and the celestial bodies will melt away in a blaze, and the earth and every deed done on it will be laid bare. </li></ul>
  73. 73. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>11 Since all these things are to melt away in this manner, what sort of people must we be, conducting our lives in holiness and godliness, </li></ul>
  74. 74. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>In that day we will celebrate the final coming together of Christ and all His faithful ones. </li></ul><ul><li>Revelation 19:9 NET Then the angel said to me, &quot;Write the following: </li></ul>
  75. 75. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>Blessed are those who are invited to the banquet at the wedding celebration of the Lamb!&quot; He also said to me, &quot;These are the true words of God.&quot; </li></ul>
  76. 76. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>10 So I threw myself down at his feet to worship him, but he said, &quot;Do not do this! </li></ul>
  77. 77. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>I am only a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony about Jesus. Worship God, for the testimony about Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.&quot; </li></ul>
  78. 78. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>Our obedience to the Lord right now confirms this ultimate calling. </li></ul><ul><li>Matthew 5:19 NET So anyone who breaks one of the least of these commands and teaches others to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, </li></ul>
  79. 79. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>but whoever obeys them and teaches others to do so will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. </li></ul>
  80. 80. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>What About You? If you are a believer in Christ, you have the same significant calling as any other believer in Christ, no matter what your workday occupation may be. </li></ul>
  81. 81. Who Is &quot;Called&quot;? <ul><li>Calling is not just a matter of what job one has. It means living as a child of God. Is that the calling that you are pursuing? </li></ul>

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