sermon: God's Calling and Election
Changing of the Heart
Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Given 28-Jul-12; Sermon #1113; 78 minutes
Richard Ritenbaugh, focusing on the motives for establishing lotteries, suggest that greed seems to be the primary driving force, getting a big prize for a relatively cheap 'chance.' When people do win the lottery, their lives are often drastically changed for the worse. We have been given something far more valuable than the lottery, namely our calling. We are obligated not to squander this valuable opportunity. God the Father alone has called us; it is impossible to become a Christian by one's own choice or actions. God generally calls ordinary people without exceptional gifts in order that no human glories in his or her accomplishments. We did nothing to deserve the calling; it was completely due to God's grace. The terms "call," "called," or "calling" have two uses: (1) a general summons to draw near and hear God's truth (available to multiple millions of people), and (2) a narrowed-down choice by the Father, available to a few (the Elect or Chosen). The calling of God is essentially the same as salvation."The called" refers to those who are in the process of being saved, the "apple of God's eye." God was able to know beforehand whom He would choose. God's calling indicates a process, involving incremental steps-justification, sanctification (requiring overcoming carnal human nature and producing spiritual fruit), and ultimate glorification. God's Holy Spirit gives us a willing mind to put the pieces of this process
Acts 16:13-14 Atlantic Wire Billy Bob Harold Jr. Boyer family Broadcast Call Called Calling Change of heart Chosen Ekklesia Fate I Corinthians 1:26-31 I Peter 1:2 God chooses God's condescension God's great master plan Guests to a wedding Holy Spirit Human nature Jack Whittaker Kletos Jen Dall John 6:44; 8:23; 14:15-18; 16:20:16; 22:13 Justification Legal battles Lives unraveling Lotteries Luke 12:32 Lydia Many are called; few are chosen Ordinary people Paul Pharisees Pieces of a puzzle Plan of God Preappointed Predestined Preordained Prognosis Romans 1:20; 8:28-30 Saul's vileness and hostility II Corinthians 3:14-16; 8:10-12 II Timothy 1:8-9 Suicide Taste the truth The truth not hidden under a bushel Two second conversion Willing mind
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