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When sharing testimonies or going through a study on the Ordo Salutis, it can often feel like the events happen in rapid sequence. It sometimes leaves the impression that the moment someone first hears God’s call upon their heart, they immediately believe. Then the next Sunday they’re baptized, the following Sunday they serve in the nursery, and by Monday morning they are enrolled in seminary. However, it is just as common to see each step drawn out and experienced in a gradual way. That does not mean a persons life is less changed by the Gospel, just that it happened over a longer period of time. God’s “Effectual Call” on a person’s heart can happen in a particular moment of strong feelings that arise from the working of the Holy Spirit, or over a gradual and slow process.

I used to be slightly embarrassed of my testimony. I remember watching I Am Second videos and thinking, “Wow. I wish I had been in a death metal band before I became a Christian. Then I’d be extra Christian.” I could never tell people that I went forward at a Billy Graham Crusade and do not have a date written in my Bible of the date I was saved. I may not remember the moment of my effectual calling, but that does not mean that it did not happen. I was born and raised in a Christian home. God used a slow and steady process on my heart throughout my childhood. Then one day I looked back and realized I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, but had no idea when it happened. Often parents and pastors pray over children that they, “may never remember a day when they did not know Jesus as their Savior.” This is not a prayer that they skip ahead to the next step in the Ordo Salutis, but rather a prayer for the Holy Spirit to begin changing that sinful child’s at that very moment.

Whether your testimony is like mine in the slow and steady, a rapid and immediate 180-degree turn, or somewhere in between, God’s Effectual Call has been a necessary step. At some point along the way the Gospel was preached to you, the Holy Spirit gave you a new heart so that you could see what you were once totally blind from, you felt a deep conviction of your guilt before God, and you repented of your sins and began to follow Christ. We are reminded in Romans 10:17, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” It is the Holy Spirit’s call upon believers that gives them eyes to see and ears to hear.

THE WORD

Scripture: Galatians 1:11-17
Sermon: God’s Effective Call To His People

SONGS

Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior (Red Mountain Music)
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Come Ye Sinners (Indelible Grace)
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O Come to the Altar (Elevation Worship)
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Song of Preparation: I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say (Indelible Grace)
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Song for the Supper: Come Boldly to the Throne of Grace (Red Mountain Music)
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Song of Response: Jesus Calls Us  (Shane Martin)
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