We meet every Sunday at 11am.
Most weeks we also meet beforehand at 10am
to discuss the Bible’s teaching about key doctrines of the Christian faith.
Subjects for study and preaching normally appear here during the preceding week.
Basics of the Christian Faith | Effectual Calling
January 13 @ 10:00 am - 10:50 am
What does the Bible teach about how God brings people to faith?
How do people come to faith in Jesus Christ? In this study we discuss what the Bible teaches about effectual calling. Chapter ten of the Westminster Confession of Faith, which became the confession of the Reformed church in Scotland in 1647, and remains the confession of many Scottish churches, is the template for our study (below).
This meeting takes place before our morning service.
WCF 10.1 All those whom God hath predestinated unto life, and those only, He is pleased, in His appointed and accepted time, effectually to call,(1) by His Word and Spirit,(2) out of that state of sin and death in which they are by nature, to grace and salvation by Jesus Christ;(3) enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the things of God;(4) taking away their heart of stone, and giving unto them a heart of flesh;(5) renewing their wills, and, by His almighty power determining them to that which is good;(6) and effectually drawing them to Jesus Christ;(7) yet so as they come most freely, being made willing by His grace.(8)
(1) Rom. 8:30; Rom. 11:7; Eph. 1:10,11.
(2) 2 Thess. 2:13,14; 2 Cor. 3:3,6.
(3) Rom. 8:2; Eph. 2:1-5; 2 Tim. 1:9,10.
(4) Acts 26:18; 1 Cor. 2:10,12; Eph. 1:17,18.
(5) Ezek. 36:26.
(6) Ezek. 11:19; Phil. 2:13; Deut. 30:6; Ezek. 37:27.
(7) Eph. 1:19; John 6:44,45.
(8) Cant. 1:4; Ps. 110:3; John 6:37; Rom. 6:16,17,18.
WCF 10.2 This effectual call is of God’s free and special grace alone, not from anything at all foreseen in man;(1) who is altogether passive therein, until, being quickened and renewed by the Holy Spirit,(2) he is thereby enabled to answer this call, and to embrace the grace offered and conveyed in it.(3)
(1) 2 Tim. 1:9; Tit. 3:4,5; Eph. 2:4,5,8,9; Rom. 9:11.
(2) 1 Cor. 2:14; Rom. 8:7; Eph. 2:5.
(3) John 6:37; Ezek. 36:27; John 5:25.
WCF 10.3 Elect infants, dying in infancy, are regenerated and saved by Christ through the Spirit,(1) who worketh when, and where, and how He pleaseth.(2) So also are all other elect persons, who are uncapable of being outwardly called by the ministry of the Word.(3)
(1) Luke 18:15,16; Acts 2:38,39; John 3:3,5; 1 John 5:12; Rom. 8:9.
(2) John 3:8.
(3) 1 John 5:12; Acts 4:12.
WCF 10.4 Others not elected, although they may be called by the ministry of the Word,(1) and may have some common operations of the Spirit,(2) yet they never truly come unto Christ, and therefore cannot be saved:(3) much less can men, not professing the Christian religion be saved in any other way whatsoever, be they never so diligent to frame their lives according to the light of nature, and the laws of that religion they do profess;(4) and, to assert and maintain that they may, is very pernicious, and to be detested.(5)
(1) Matt. 22:14.
(2) Matt. 7:22; Matt. 13:20,21; Heb. 6:4,5.
(3) John 6:64,65,66; John 8:24.
(4) Acts 4:12; John 14:6; Eph. 2:12; John 4:22; John 17:3.
(5) 2 John 9,10,11; 1 Cor. 16:22; Gal. 1:6,7,8.