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Oct.

20,2013

Make Your Calling And Election Sure


2 Peter 1:10-Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, Objective :What is meant by a calling. 2. How to be sure of our calling. 3. Hows God called us. INTRODUCTION: 4Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires [Are you making your calling and election sure? A good place to start is with...] I. YOUR INITIAL CALL AND ELECTION A. GOD CALLS THROUGH THE GOSPEL... 1. God calls us through the gospel - 2 Th 2:14 He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ -- Have you responded to the gospel with the obedience of faith? - Ro 1:5; He 5:9 B. MAKING SURE YOUR RESPONSE TO THE CALL... -- Make your calling and election sure with a Biblical response to the gospel! [But you should not stop with reflection on your initial call and election, for Peters admonition in our text (2 Pe 1:10) was given to Christians. You should also consider...] II. YOUR ULTIMATE CALL AND ELECTION A. MANY ARE CALLED, BUT FEW ARE CHOSEN...( Conditional) 1. Jesus taught this truth in several parables a. The Tares - Mt 13:41-43 (see) b. The Wedding Feast - Mt 22:1-14 (see) c. The Talents - Mt 25:24-30 ( See) d. The Vine And The Branches - Jn 15:1-2 2. Note the calling and election of the nation of Israel a. Israel as a whole was called to be Gods people - Deu 7:6 b. But their calling was conditional - Exo 19:5-6 c. And many individuals failed to live up to their calling - He 3:7-11,16-19 3. Similar is the calling and election of the church of God a. The church as a whole are called to be Gods people - 1 Pe 2:9-10 b. Yet our calling and election as individuals is conditional - Ro 11:22; -- We have been called, but will we be chosen at the last day? B. MAKING SURE YOUR ELECTION BY GOD... 1. By being fruitful in the knowledge of Christ - 2 Pe 1:5-11(see) a. Adding to our faith such things as virtue, knowledge, self-control b. Abounding in perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, love 2. By growing in grace and knowledge - 2 Pe 3:17-18(see) a. Aware of the danger of apostasy b. Standing fast in the grace of Christ CONCLUSION 1. It never hurts to ask oneself: Have I truly responded to the gospel of Christ...? a. Was I scripturally baptized into Christ for the remission of my sins? b. Was my baptism like those depicted in the examples of conversion in the Scriptures? c. Might I need to be re-baptized like those in Ephesus? 2. It never hurts to ask oneself: Am I growing in grace...? a. Am I abounding in the knowledge of Christ? b. Am I utilizing what talents Christ has given me? c. Am I bearing fruit for Christ? With such questions, one seeks only to Make Your Calling And Election Sure. Paul expressed it this way: Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. - 2 Co 13:5