Summary: This sermon stresses the need to live by faith and experience the miracles of God in our lives.
Text: Ephesians 4:1-3
"I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech
you that ye walk worthy of the vocation where-
with ye are called.
With all lowliness and meekness, with long-
suffering, forbearing one another in love;
Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit
in the bond of peace."
We have just finished an On Missions Confer-
ence in our church, wherein we were privilaged
to hear from foreign, home, state, and associa-
tional indivivuals who shared their work, and
what God was doing in and through them. It was
very spiritually uplifting for me, and for
many others in our church. It was exciting, and
sometimes convicting, to hear how God answered
prayer after prayer for their protection and
provisions, and how that He was using them in
His wonderful plan to save a people to be His
own. For them, living by faith, and seeking the
will of God is not an illusion, but an everday
reality. But, you know what, I believe that that
is the way God wants all of His people to live,
not just missionaries! The Apostle Paul stressed
this truth in Ephesians 4-6, wherein he gives a
kind of "Manual for Christian Living." He talks
about our relationship with Christ, and how that
our faith is designed to impact every area of our
lives, at home, work, out in the world, wherever
we might be. Our goal in life should be to do
all we can do for the glory of God, and to touch
as many lives as we possibly can with the Gospel
of Jesus Christ. It was pointed out that the
church of today has become so introverted that it
is confining itself to the inside of the church
walls, enjoying worship, and ministering to its
own, but failing to reach the masses for Christ.
In Ephesians 4:1 Paul talks about the Christian’s
"vocation," or "calling." The Bible mentions
several different callings that God gives us as
1. There is THE CALL TO SALVATION.
2. THE CALL TO SANCTIFICATION., And
3. THE CALL TO SERVICE.
Every Christian receives these three calls from
God. If we would "walk worthily" of our calling
as Christians, then we must be faithful and true
to what God has saved us for, and called us to
THE CALL TO SALVATION
Everyone who is a Christian at some time in his
or her life, received a calling from God to sal-
Romans 8:30 says-"For whom he did foreknow, he
also did predestinate to be conformed to the
image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn
among many brethren.
8:31-Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he
also called: and whom he called, them he also
justified; and whom he justified, them he also
"Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ;
To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to
be saints. Grace to you and peace from God our
Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ."
"And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth
before them, and teh sheep follow him; for they
know his voice."
These Scriptures stress our calling to faith, to
salvation, found only through the grace of God.
There is "one Lord, one faith, one baptism, One
God and Father of all, who is above all, and
through all, and in you all."-Eph. 4:5-6
1st Corithians 1:26-
"For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not
many after the flesh, not many mighty, not many
noble are called..."
THE CALL TO SANCTIFICATION
Just as surely as God calls us to salvation, He
also calls us to seperation and holy, righteous
living. 2nd Corinthians 6:17-
"Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye
separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the un-
clean thing; and I will receive you."
Paul has a lot of instruction for "worthy walking"
in chapters 4-6 that deal with our sanctification.
A. There is the instruction to use our spiritual
gifts for the edifying of the entire body of
Christ. Eph. 4:7-16
B. There is the instruction to put off our old
sinful natures, and to be clothed with our new
spiriutal nature. Eph. 4:17-32
He emphasizes not lying to each other, not hold-
ing grudges, not giving the Devil any door of
opportunity in our lives, working hard, control-
ing our tongues, and following the leadership
of the Spirit."
C. There is the instruction to live by love, and
to live pure moral lives, walking as children
of light, being filled with the Spirit, being
good husbands and wives, and children, and
parents, being dependable on the job, putting
on the whole armour of God as we war against
Satan, and praying with boldness.
THE CALL TO SERVICE