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Bible Study Course Lesson 7: The Calling of God

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Table of Contents

Introduction

What is the meaning of God's relationship with man? What priority does He place on it? Does man need a relationship with God? If so, what is the basis and purpose of that relationship?

God Wants a Relationship With Us

Which came first, man's need for a relationship with God or God's desire for a relationship with man? Here is the answer.

Who Is God Calling?

God must first call, or invite, us to enter into a relationship with Him. He does this by opening our minds to a basic understanding of the Scriptures and our need to repent.

Gifts from God: The Foundation of His Relationship with Us

The primary basis for the relationship between God and us is love.

God's Promises to Abraham

What did God promise Abraham?

God's Covenant with Ancient Israel

God made promises in the form of covenants with ancient Israel.

The Need for a New Covenant

The New Covenant is God's commitment to give His people His Spirit so they can obey Him.

Love is the Basis of God's Relationship

God demonstrates His love through His many promises that relate to our receiving salvation and eternal life.

Few Have Ever Accepted God's Calling

The Bible tell us the first human beings, Adam and Eve, rejected God's offer for a relationship with Him.

Grace: How God Interacts With Us

God's dealings with us are motivated by His love—His care, His concern and even His correction—so we can receive His gift of eternal life as members of His family.

How to Use Biblical Quotes and References

Although we quote many biblical references for your convenience, this is intended as a Bible study course. To receive the full benefit of each lesson, you must actively participate.

God's Relationship with Ancient Israel

God's invitation for a relationship sometimes extends beyond the personal level. He invited the whole nation of ancient Israel into a relationship with Him.

Why We Need a Redeemer

Sin has built a wall that separates mankind from God. That barrier must be torn down before we can have a relationship with Him. But how can we remove this barrier?

Are You Being Called?

How can you know whether God is calling you to conversion?

Back to the Beginning

God calls—invites—us into this eternal relationship with Him as members of His family.

Points to Ponder

These questions are intended as a study aid, to spur further thought on the concepts discussed in this lesson and to help you apply them on a personal level.