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“He has called me through the Gospel”

We are a called people. Peter and Andrew, James and John are called from their nets. Matthew is called from his tollbooth. Nathanael is summoned to “come and see.” Paul is called on the road to Damascus.

We are a called people, called to take up the cross and follow me.” Called to love one another as I have loved you.” Called to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts1:8)

We are called to belong to Jesus Christand called to be saints.”

And the instrument of that call is the gospel, becauseit is the power of God for salvation.” It is the message of grace itself, of a love beyond comprehension, of a redemption freely given, of a triumph over sin and death, of an imperishable life given through him who lived and died “for you” – it is the Gospel that encounters us, captures us, carries us into lives of faith, hope and love.

The Prayer for Week 3

In the mystery of your love, O God,
you have called us by your word of grace
to lives that are holy and true.
Grant us ears ever open
and hearts ever willing to hear your voice,
that your word may bear fruit in our lives;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Luther’s Small Catechism

The Third Article:

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

What does this mean?

I believe that I cannot by my own understanding or effort
believe in Jesus Christ my Lord, or come to him.
But the Holy Spirit has called me through the Gospel,
enlightened me with his gifts,
and sanctified and kept me in the true faith.

In the same way he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies
the whole Christian church on earth,
and keeps it united with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.

In this Christian church day after day
he fully forgives my sins and the sins of all believers.
On the last day he will raise me and all the dead
and give me and all believers in Christ eternal life.

This is most certainly true.

The Small Catechism by Martin Luther in Contemporary English, Augsburg Publishing, ©1960,1968