"Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us…" -Ephesians 5:1-2
"For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. " - 1 Corinthians 1:18

Effectual Call

Our Pastor, Jonathan Cook, then continued with the third in a series of sermons dealing with Romans 8:28-39, using supporting texts from John 5:24-25, 6:63 and 10:27-30, Romans 9:11-13, 2nd Peter 2:6-8, Ephesians 2:1-17 and numerous other scriptures. His presentation focused on the calling of God that follows both the foreknowledge of God and predestination of God, as reflected in the primary text. Elder Cook emphasized that this calling is not one associated with a profession but rather the quickening of the Spirit that brings the new birth. This call of God is absolutely effectual as it is not based on our action, faith, knowledge or acceptance, but solely on the power, purposes and will of Almighty God. Though we can be disobedient, nonetheless we play a totally passive role in being born again just as we did in our natural birth. Elder Cook emphasized that at some point between conception and death, each of those for whom Christ died will be born of the Holy Spirit and they will have no role in it other than to be the recipient of that gift, for it is a gift of God which cannot die, be stolen, nor be destroyed.


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