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The Callings Of Jesus (3 of 70)
Series: Mark - God's Message for Today
In his book, Manna from Mark (The Gospel of), Billie Friel tells the story that New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Prof. J. Hardee Kennedy was asked "How students have changed over the years?" His answer was this; "Students of today do not have a vivid, unmistakable call of God upon their lives." Recently, I read a disturbing article entitled, "We are NOT called to preach." My personal response to such is this: I would not do what I do IF I had not clearly heard God's call. I submit to you that the reason we hear so little about "the CALLINGS" of God on our lives wrapped up in attitudes of the modern day.
First, do the people we hear sense a call from God to do what they do? If not, they are certainly NOT going to present the Biblical truth that God calls us. What follows is this; in our "cultured" church, we are exposed very little to the subject of hearing the "voice of God." Yet, from God's word and from personal experience I know that God still speaks and calls. He calls us to our vocation, to our mate, to missions, ministry, and to service.
Let's read our text and be reminded that "Jesus 'came' calling." He called general to everyone and He called specifically to those who responded to His call. Let's read.
Jesus' first message as recorded by both Matthew and Mark is a message that is pointed, purposeful, and personal. These words represent the calls which Jesus gives to you and to me. Take to heart the Calls of Jesus, both then and now.
1) CALL TO SALVATION - This is Jesus' call to "Be Saved." This is the "GOOD NEWS" of God. Since Genesis 3, people had been longing to hear this good news because the good news of God is found in being restored to Him. We find this call in His words, "Repent and believe." We used to sing a hymn, "Trust and Obey, for the NO OTHER WAY." Here's the deal: this is the only way!
This is Jesu ...
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