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Hearing Heaven’s Call”

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Hearing heaven’s call, will be a clarion and commissioning call of God.

Mat 28:18

And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

Mat 28:19

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in [fn] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Mat 28:20

teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

2Cr 2:17

For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God's word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.

Phl 3:20

But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,

2Cr 4:1

Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, [fn] we do not lose heart.

Rom 1:1

Paul, a servant [fn] of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,

Rom 1:7

To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

1Th 1:4

For we know, brothers [fn] loved by God, that he has chosen you,

1Cr 6:19

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,

1Cr 6:20

for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.


  1. The Strong Sense Of God’s Calling

  2. The Initiative Of Christ

  3. The Holy Spirit’s Sovereign Work

This enabled the disciples as early church leaders to:

  1. Be Bold In Their Witness

  2. Hold Fast In Their Sufferings

  3. Lead Lives “Worthy Of The Calling”

We as Commonwealth Citizens of Heaven, are called by Christ into a commonwealth of discipleship.

Eph 4:1

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,

Eph 4:2

with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,

Jhn 13:34

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

Jhn 13:35

By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."

Discipleship is never easy, it often brings pain and tears, as we seriously and intently follow Christ.

Making disciples by the power of the Holy Spirit builds supportive relationships together in Christ Jesus.

Did you know that the Call by Jesus, is also a Call to Jesus?

This is a wholly personal call to commit ourselves wholeheartedly to Jesus.


  1. Repentance of sin

  2. Believing in Jesus

Luk 5:1

On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret,

Luk 5:2

and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets.

Luk 5:3

Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon's, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat.

Luk 5:4

And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch."

Luk 5:5

And Simon answered, "Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets."

Luk 5:6

And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking.

Luk 5:7

They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.

Luk 5:8

But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord."

Luk 5:9

For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken,

Luk 5:10

and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men." [fn]

Luk 5:11

And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.

Jhn 1:43

The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, "Follow me."

Jhn 1:44

Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.

Jhn 1:45

Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph."

Jhn 1:46

Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see."

Jhn 1:47

Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!"

Jhn 1:48

Nathanael said to him, "How do you know me?" Jesus answered him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you."

Jhn 1:49

Nathanael answered him, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!"

Jhn 1:50

Jesus answered him, "Because I said to you, 'I saw you under the fig tree,' do you believe? You will see greater things than these."

Jhn 1:51

And he said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, [fn] you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man."

Luk 24:13

That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles [fn] from Jerusalem,

Luk 24:14

and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened.

Luk 24:15

While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them.

Luk 24:16

But their eyes were kept from recognizing him.

Luk 24:17

And he said to them, "What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?" And they stood still, looking sad.

Luk 24:18

Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, "Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?"

Luk 24:19

And he said to them, "What things?" And they said to him, "Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people,

Luk 24:20

and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him.

Luk 24:21

But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened.

Luk 24:22

Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning,

Luk 24:23

and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive.

Luk 24:24

Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see."

Luk 24:25

And he said to them, "O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!

Luk 24:26

Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?"

Luk 24:27

And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

When Jesus called different ones to be his disciples, he shared his life in fellowship with them.

Discipleship for a heavenly citizen is leading other disciples into fellowship. Jesus gave himself to all who responded to his clarion call.

No hidden agendas, deceit or guile was found in Jesus, his disciples:

  1. Know Him

  2. Love Him

  3. Believe In Him

  4. Commit Themselves To Him

The call of Jesus for his disciples is to unconditional faithful obedience for an entire life time. Disciples do not graduate this side of heaven. Disciples demonstrate their commonwealth leadership abilities by making other disciples.

Mat 7:21

"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

Luk 6:46

"Why do you call me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do what I tell you?

Disciples of Jesus follow him:

  1. His Way

  2. His Plan

  3. His Will

There is no true faith, discipleship or commonwealth leadership demonstrated without obedience to heaven’s call!

True disciples bind themselves to Jesus Christ in unconditional unswerving obedience and loyalty.

Hbr 3:12

Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God.

Hbr 3:13

But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called "today," that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

Hbr 3:14

For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end.

Jesus now has led the way:

Hbr 10:19

Therefore, brothers, [fn] since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus,

Hbr 10:20

by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh,

Hbr 10:21

and since we have a great priest over the house of God,

Hbr 10:22

let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

Hbr 10:23

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.

Hbr 10:24

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,

Hbr 10:25

not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

In conclusion:

Jesus calls us to absolute obedience, he demonstrated his leadership when he:

  1. First laid down his life for us

  2. He place His Holy Spirit into our hearts

  3. He has given us to one another in love as his own disciples

Pastor Rev. C.E. Stephen Coates

Thursday March 14th, 2013

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