• What does it mean to be “called by God?” People today seem to have a different understanding of it than what it meant in Bible times. Especially “called by God” to do something specific. Can we say the same today?

We are all called to SALVATION by the gospel.

  • II Thessalonians 2:14; 1:11-12
  • I Corinthians 1:2-6

There is no doubt that God called specific people to do specific things for Him in the Bible.

  • Jeremiah 1:4
  • Hebrews 5:1-4
  • Acts 9:3 – There was a specific thing God wanted Paul to do.
  • Acts 13:2

But God’s direct intervention in Bible times cannot be generalized to everyone.

  • Jeremiah 29:11, 1 – This was a letter to the exiles in Babylon.
  • Romans 10:14-15
  • Acts 16:6-10
  • Esther 4:14

Caution: I might interpret signs and violate God’s will.

  • I Samuel 24:1-7 – David’s men just knew this was a sign from God.
  • Matthew 19:9 – We know this is God’s will. If we feel we are receiving sings to divorce, we know that any signs could not go against God’s written will.

Instead of looking for signs, just get to work obeying the Bible.

  • Ephesians 2:10, 25-28
  • Luke 7:28-30
  • II Peter 1:10