Sunday, September 10, 2017

September 10, 2017 | Pastor John Bayles | The Calling to Discipleship | Proverbs 2:1-11

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The Calling to Discipleship
Proverbs 2:1-11

In this text we will hear the heart of God regarding discipleship. Set in the context of wisdom literature, the hope for this study today is the same as that of the original author – that the man and woman of God will take seriously the task of refining the treasurers of God’s word within their souls so that they might become powerful witnesses of the Gospel to a lost world. My hope is that you will be inspired and energized by the Word of God. May this text fill us with a senses of purpose: to obey the Lord’s command found in Matthew 24: “And he will send his messengers with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other” (Mat.24:31); and Matthew 28: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Mat.28:19, 20). This is the holy calling of the equipped disciple of Christ. As stated in the Romans epistle: “14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Rom.10:14 ,15). May our response be like the ancient cry of Isaiah: “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? And I said, Here am I. Send me!” (Isa.6:8).

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