The Callings

The Gospel In The World

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Weight 0.36 lbs
Dimensions 7.13 × 4.75 × 0.4 in
page-count

144

topic

Life Issues

scripture

New Testament

Banner Pub Date

Aug 1, 1987

Original Pub Date

1987

Format

Book

binding

Paperback

isbn

9780851515120

Book Description

The Christian life begins when we hear and respond to the ‘call’ of Jesus Christ. Like the first disciples, we must ‘leave everything’ in order to follow him.

But does this mean we must enter what is often called ‘full-time Christian service’? How can we devote ourselves to witnessing to Jesus Christ if we spend so much time and energy doing an ‘ordinary’ job?

Paul Helm believes that many Christians’ lives have been harmed by thinking that the only worthwhile way to lives is in some kind of ‘Christian’ career. In fact, God ‘calls’ the vast majority of Christians to serve him where they are, on the factory floor, in the office, behind the counter or at the check out desk.

The Callings shows that instead of dividing life into ‘spiritual’ and ‘secular’ compartments, every moment of it can be lived fully to the glory of God.

Table of Contents Expand ↓

Page
Introduction IX
1 THE CALL THAT BRINGS A RESPONSE 1
The Two Callings 1
Equality before God 8
The Call of God and Freedom 12
An Emerging Pattern 18
2 THE DANGERS OF A DOUBLE MIND 22
Dualism and the Call of God 25
Three Case Studies 27
Dualism and the New Testament 35
3 HAVING A CALLING 44
The Two Callings again 46
The Daily life and the Spiritual life 51
Human life as a Calling 53
The Reformation and the idea of Calling 57
Calling and secularity 61
Calling and biblical wisdom 63
The Call to the Ministry 66
Summary 68
4 CALLING AND FREEDOM 70
Paul’s Teaching 71
Freedom and Responsibility 81
The Scope of Christian Obedience 82
The Law of God and other people 86
Freedom and Success 89
Summary 92
5 WORK AND CALLING 94
Work as part of the Christian’s Calling 96
Gifts and Opportunities 100
Discipline and Duty 104
‘Secular’ and ‘Christian’ 107
Work, Unemployment and Leisure 108
6 BOUNDARIES AND LIMITS 113
Bounded by the Law 113
Calling and Compromise 118
Christian Freedom and Indifference 123
Rights and Duties 127
Conclusion 132
7 CALLING AND CONSUMMATION 134
Conclusion 142
General Index 145
Index of Scriptural References 149

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