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  1. OurCalling Based on Jon Schroeder’s essay for the 60th biennial convention of the Wisconsin Ev. Lutheran Synod Arranged by Harmon Lewis

  2. “God opened his mouth wide and said, “Let there be light,” and suddenly, piercing the darkness, light came screaming out of the mouth of God at 186,000 miles per second, filling the world with its brilliance. God saw that the light he had made was good—of itself, essentially good.” – Rev. Jon Schroeder

  3. Our calling Our calling to be the children of God based on essay, Our Calling by Jon Schroeder. Class arranged by Harmon Lewis

  4. Our calling to be the children of God 1570-73; Oil on canvas, 77 x 109 cm; Galleria Doria-Pamphili, Rome

  5. Our calling to be the children of God

  6. The First Gospel Promise << ENMITY >> Personal Hostility Your Offspring (unbelievers) Her Offspring (believers) << ENMITY >> He (singular) will crush your head. You will strike his heal.

  7. “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.” • Romans 8:28-30

  8. Our calling to be the children of God Our calling is free

  9. Our calling is free • Tell me about the parable of the wedding banquet. • What did the invitation cost the guests? • What did the guests have to offer? The Parable of the Wedding Banquet Matthew 22:1-14

  10. Our calling is free • Why are we called? “God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.” 2 Timothy 1:8-9

  11. Our calling is free • What does our calling cost us? “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.” -Isaiah 55:1

  12. “God’s love does not find the object it can love; God’s love creates it.” -Luther

  13. Our calling to be the children of God Our calling is through means

  14. Our calling is through means Why don’t we depend on programs, methods, or personalities to work faith in sinful man’s heart?

  15. Our calling is through means • What tool has God given to grow his Church? “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17

  16. Our calling is through means • What tool has God given to grow his Church? “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. ” 2 Corinthians 5:20

  17. Our calling is through means • Presentation of the Augsburg Confession to Emperor Charles V, 15 June 1530 • What does the Lutheran church confess the reason for the ministry of teaching the gospel and administering the sacraments was instituted? So that we may obtain this faith, the ministry of teaching the gospel and administering the sacraments was instituted. Through the Word and Sacraments, as through instruments, the Holy Spirit is given. He works faith, when and where it pleases God in those who hear the gospel. -AC V,1

  18. Our calling is free “I believe that I cannot by my own thinking or choosing, believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him. But the Holy Spirit has called me by the gospel.” Luther

  19. Our calling to be the children of God Our calling is universal

  20. Our calling is universal • Who does God want to be saved? “This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:3-4

  21. Our calling is universal • Who does God want to be damned? “Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, O house of Israel?’” Ezekiel 33:11

  22. Our calling is universal • Who will be saved? “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.  And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.” Romans 8:29-30

  23. Our calling is universal • “We should not think of this call of God which is made through the preaching of the Word, a juggler’s act.” • FC XI, 29, Concordia.

  24. Our calling to be the children of God Our calling is efficacious

  25. Our calling is efficacious • Tell me about the Parable of the sower. • What does the seed represent? • What did the different soil types represent? The Parable of Sower Matthew 13:1-9

  26. A harsh reality

  27. Our calling is efficacious • What does this mean? “Sinners must die, says Romans 6:23, ‘for the wages of sin is death’, either eternally or baptismally.” Gerhard Forde, On Being a Theologian of the Cross: Reflections on Luther’s Heidelberg Disputation. (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997)

  28. Our calling is efficacious • Why are some saved and not others? “I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Luke 18:17

  29. Our calling to be the children of God The result of our calling

  30. Our calling to be the children of God • What is the result of our calling? “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” 1 John 3:1

  31. My son became like you, so that you can be like him.

  32. OurCalling Based on Jon Schroeder’s essay for the 60th biennial convention of the Wisconsin Ev. Lutheran Synod Arranged by Harmon Lewis

  33. Our calling Our calling to be the mask of God based on essay, Our Calling by Jon Schroeder. Class arranged by Harmon Lewis

  34. From Shakespeare's As You Like It, 1600:JAQUES: All the world's a stage,And all the men and women merely players:They have their exits and their entrances;And one man in his time plays many parts,His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.And then the whining school-boy, with his satchelAnd shining morning face, creeping like snailUnwillingly to school. And then the lover,Sighing like furnace, with a woeful balladMade to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier,Full of strange oaths and bearded like the bard,Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,Seeking the bubble reputationEven in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice,In fair round belly with good capon lined,With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,Full of wise saws and modern instances;And so he plays his part. The sixth age shiftsInto the lean and slipper'd pantaloon,With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wideFor his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,Turning again toward childish treble, pipesAnd whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,That ends this strange eventful history,Is second childishness and mere oblivion,Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

  35. “On February 18, 1546, a most improbable thing happened. The professor condemned to the stake by the world’s most powerful churchman, and condemned to an outlaw’s demise by the world’s most powerful nobleman, that professor died of entirely natural causes.” • Rev. Jon Schroeder

  36. Now What? “Dr. Luther’s legacy to the Church includes a teaching that was an innovative and reformative departure from the medieval theology of the Roman Catholic Church: the doctrine of Vocation.” Rev. Jon Schroeder

  37. Vocation The word “vocation” comes from the Latin vocatio, which means “calling,” and is the word used by the Latin Bible for the call of God to faith and sonship. However, “vocation” in modern English usage is often associated with words about a man’s work, profession, or trade. Rev. Jon Schroeder

  38. Now What? “Christian vocation goes much further than the sum of work we have to do: ... Like all of God’s calls, Christian vocation, too, is a call with a purpose. Christian vocation is our calling to be the masks of God.” Rev. Jon Schroeder

  39. Our calling to be the mask of God Freed from medieval monasticism

  40. Freed from medieval monasticism • How do passages like Galatians 5:4 challenge the medieval monastic view of vocation? “You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.” Galatians 5:4

  41. Freed from medieval monasticism • Paul is encouraging new Christians about their vocations. How does that free us from the medieval thinking of vocation? “Each one should remain in the situation which he was in when God called him.” 1 Corinthians 7:20

  42. Freed from medieval monasticism DRIAEN JANSZ. VAN OSTADE 1660

  43. Which is the more noble task? Setting the table Cleaning a toilet

  44. Our calling to be the mask of God Empowered by the promise

  45. Empowered by the promise Explain how a legalistic approach is not the best motivation for the Christian to do good works. Good Works

  46. Empowered by the promise • Why might a son feel more empowered to serve then a servant? “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.  You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.” John 15:15-16

  47. Empowered by the promise • Will a Christian properly make this statement, “To be a father to my children, I can do nothing; I am worth nothing; Christ must be all and do all for me.” ? “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.  You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit —fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.” John 15:15-16

  48. Our calling to be the mask of God Life dignified with a purpose

  49. Where is the dignity in this?