God’s act of salvation: God’s effectual call

The Scriptures teaches us to distinguish between two types of calls: A universal call An effectual call The universal call of the Gospel Some refer to this call of the Gospel as the external or verbal call.  A valid Gospel offer includes:  a presentation of the plan of salvation  an invitation to come to Christ … Continue reading God’s act of salvation: God’s effectual call

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Mark – What parable shall describe the Kingdom of God?

Mark - What parable shall describe the Kingdom of God? Read Mark 4:1-34 It is not before Mark 3:23 that Mark introduced a parable of Jesus Christ.  The purpose of the parables in Mark 4:1-34 is to teach us about the purpose of Gospel and how it brings about growth. (See text box below.) Mark … Continue reading Mark – What parable shall describe the Kingdom of God?

Be careful how you listen (4)

Productive soil Receiving the Word with a noble and good heart Scripture Readings 2 Timothy 3:10-4:5 Luke 8:11-15 Hymns/Songs: "Lord of the Church" "More about Jesus" "Great is Thy faithfulness" "Send forth the Gospel" My dear brother and sister in the Lord, After three weeks of sermons on the first parable of Jesus, we may … Continue reading Be careful how you listen (4)

Be careful how you listen (3)

Not hearing, not seeing, not understanding Scripture Readings Isaiah 5 Matthew 13:10-23 Songs: “Blessed be the Name” “Highest Place” “Oh, the mercy of God” "Almighty God, your Word is cast” Introduction My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, There are some short sentences on the screen. They read: “I see the clouds in the … Continue reading Be careful how you listen (3)

Be careful how you listen (2)

Be careful how you listen (2) Scripture Readings Isaiah 29:9-16 Mark 4:113-20 Hymns/songs “Psalm 96” “O Lord, you're beautiful” “Open my eyes that I may see” “Revive Us” My dear fellow-believers in Christ, Last week we heard the Word of God as it taught us that not all evangelistic and missionary attempts of the church … Continue reading Be careful how you listen (2)

Be careful how you listen (1)

Called to sow the seed Scripture readings Isaiah 6:1-13 Mark 4:1-20 Songs This is the day that the Lord has made All my days (Beautiful Saviour) My heart is filled with thankfulness Give thanks with a grateful heart Introduction My dear brother and sister in the Lord, It is true what King Solomon says in … Continue reading Be careful how you listen (1)