The Apostolic Call

In Christ we are always moving forward.

Hebrews 6:1 - Let us go on to perfection
Philippians 3:14 - pressing on toward the upward call in Christ Jesus
Psalm 24:3 - ascending to the hill of the LORD

We need to grow in our commitment and understanding of the call.

1. A call into discipleship
John 8:31-32 John 15:7-8
2. A call into transformation
2 Corinthians 3:16-18
Romans 12:2
Matthew 17:1-2

As the Word of God is unveiled to us, we can see Jesus. Our minds are renewed and we are transformed.
1 Corinthians 15:49 - we shall bear the image of the heavenly Man
Romans 1:17 - a call from faith to faith
Psalm 84:5-7 - a call from strength to strength
2 Corinthians 3:18 - glory to glory
John 1:16 - grace upon grace (grace for grace), grace transforms us
2 Peter 3:18 - we are to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour

3. A call to reach nations

Romans 1:5 - through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations
Genesis 22:18 - in you and in your seed all the families of the earth (all nations) shall be blessed
we are part of the fulfilment of the promise made to Abraham

Romans 1:1-3

Romans 2:16 - Paul called the gospel 'my gospel'
The gospel was promised in the Holy Scriptures (Gal 3:8 - Abraham knew the gospel)
 Gospel is concerning His Son Jesus Christ

Romans 15:16
4. A call to obtain and fill the earth with the knowledge of the glory
2 Thessalonians 2:13-14

1 Samuel 2:8 - God raises up people from the ash heap and sets them among princes to inherit the throne of Glory

Exodus 34:5-7

The glory is mercy, grace, long-suffering, goodness, truth, forgiveness, no compromise, faithfulness
The apostolic call is to obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
A people who do not compromise on the truth

John 1:14 - glory full of grace and truth, revealed through the Word who became flesh
Habakkuk 2:14 - the knowledge of the glory of Yahweh covering the earth
Isaiah 40:5 - glory shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together
Ephesians 5:26-27 - a call to be part of the glorious church, which is the bride

5. A call to be a sending community, part of an apostolic company
How to contribute to the apostolic company

i) By ministering the gift given by grace
1 Peter 4:10-11 - as each one has received a gift, minister it to one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God, that God may get the glory

ii) Financially
Acts 4:32-35 - they had all things in common

iii) In love
Ephesians 4:16 - the body edifying itself in love

iv) Imparting grace through our conversation
Ephesians 4:29 - speak what is good for necessary edification that it may impart grace to the hearers
 - decide not to let your flesh dictate to you

v) Through prayer
Philippians 1:19 - through prayer we can supply the Spirit of Jesus Christ
- we pray for every mission and the Lord will supply the Spirit of Jesus Christ

6. A call to preach and teach Jesus the Messiah, the only foundation
7. A call to fellowship in the sufferings of Messiah

Philippians 3:10-11

8. A call to rule and reign with the Messiah in His kingdom

Luke 12:32 - it is Your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom
Ephesians 2:6 - we have been raised up and made to sit together with Christ in the heavenly places
Revelation 5:10 - he has made us to be kings and priests and we shall reign on the earth
Revelation 3:21 - he who overcomes will sit down with Me on My throne (on the throne of God)

9. A call to be prepared for the coming of the Messiah
10. A call to be bold and to not fear death

This teaching on the 'Apostolic Call' is taken from the Blow the Trumpet in Zion Manual - Session 12, by Nicholas Jackson

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