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The High Calling of God

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Sermon shared by Mark Hiehle

June 2001
Summary: This sermon sets forth what God has called each Christian to as they live their lives for Him.
Denomination: Nazarene
Audience: Believer adults
Sermon:
Phil. 3:14 "The High Call of God"

by Rev. Mark Hiehle


Have you ever said something that was taken the wrong way? You said a word that you thought would be clearly understood but somewhere in the translation a different meaning came out? That is one of the problems with the English language. Words can have more than one meaning. For instance, I can tell my wife that I love chocolate cake, I love my dog and I love her. She could ask the question, "Which does he love more, the dog or me?" In the Greek language there are three different words for love. There is an "eros" or physical love expressed by a husband and wife. There is a "phileo" or brotherly love that is expressed by friends. This is where the city of Philadelphia gets its name - the city of brotherly shove (just a joke). And there is "agape" or unconditional love. This is the kind of love our Heavenly Father has for us. It is not a love based upon performance or with strings attached. "I love you because you do this or that for me..." or "Iíll love you if ..." God simply loves us as we are for that is one of His characteristics and nature.

Another word is the word "call." This word is what I want to share with you this morning. Much like the word "love," the word "call" can have many different meanings.
You can:
call back - as in return a call or recall something as in tires
call for - as in summon someone
call in - a debt or to check your messages
call off - your dog or from work
call up - the Marines or someone on the phone
call down - a speaker
call around - just for fun
call on - a friend or pay a visit
call into being - as in creation
call into question - to raise doubt
You can make a call :
the umpire makes a call behind the plate - youíre out!
the kind you use when hunting deer, turkey or duck
the kind a bird makes
a game due to bad weather
to predict a pool shot - 8 ball in the corner pocket
forcast the weather - it will be partly cloudy today with a high in the 80ís
demand to see anothers hand of playing cards
but my favorite call is when Iím called to dinner!

"Call" is the most common verb in the Bible. It represents over 20 Hebrew and Greek words. As I prepared for this message, I found that the Biblical word "call," fell into 4 catagories.

1. To speak out in the way of prayer
"Call on me, and I will answer thee." - Jer 33:3
"Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." - Rom 10:13
2. To summon or appoint
"I will call all the families of the kingdoms of the earth." - Jer 1:15
"I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners..." - Matt 9:13
3. To name a person or thing
"...and God called the light day..." - Gen 1:5
"...the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God." - Luke 1:35
4. To reveal Godís will or desire
"I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received." - Eph 4:1
"To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints." - Rom 1:7

In Philippians 3:14, Paul states his desire and goal. Paulís statement should be ours as well, "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." This word translated "high calling" is only found in the Bible here in this verse. Literally translated it means "to be filled up to the brim." Just like a glass filled with water to the very top, so Paul wants
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