This upcoming Saturday, January 7th, the women’s Bible study will continue our study of the doctrines of grace. I will be teaching on the doctrine of “Irresistible Grace.” Lord willing, I will post my notes late Friday, or early Saturday morning. In the meantime, I wanted to share this quote from Boice and Ryken’s, The Doctrines of Grace. If anyone is looking for a solid resource, I can’t tell you how helpful this book has been to me.
In this chapter, the discussion involves the two kinds of calls. There is the general call or the outward call. This is the call that flows from every true Christian pulpit, and every Christian who shares the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the invitation to repent of sin, turn to the Lord Jesus Christ, and be saved. Then, there is the effectual call or the inward call. This call involves the general call or the outward call, but also the sovereign grace of God who supernaturally provides the willingness and ability to respond. It is God bringing to spiritual life what would otherwise remain spiritually dead. Listen as Donald Grey Barnhouse, who served as minister of Tenth Presbyterian Church from 1927-1960 explains the differences between the two calls.
“If men heed no more than the outward call, they become members of the visible church. If the inward call is heard in our hearts, we become members of the invisible church. The first call unites us merely to a group of professing members; but the inward call unites us to Christ himself, and to all that have been born again. The outward call may bring with it a certain intellectual knowledge of the truth; the inward call brings us the faith of the heart, the hope which anchors us forever to Christ and the love which must ever draw us back to him who first loved us. The one can end in formalism, the other in true life. The outward call may curb the tendencies of the old nature and keep a soul in outward morality; the inward call will cure the plague that is in us and bring us on to triumph in Christ.”
James Montgomery Boice and Philip Graham Ryken, The Doctrines of Grace: Rediscovering the Evangelical Gospel, Illinois:Crossway, 2009, page 141.