Lesson 13 – Elements of Biblical Call: Opportunity & Recognition

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D. A providential opportunity and proper ecclesiastical recognition for the office and work of a specific pastoral charge

1. Principal axiom

The crowning validation of a man’s call to the pastoral office is the recognition of a specific congregation judging and acting by the rule of Christ, leading to his formal ordination and installation in that office.

2. Proof of this axiom

Acts 1:15-26
Acts 6:1-7
Acts 14:23
Acts 20:28
Titus 1:5

John Owen, The Church and the Bible, vol. 16 ofThe Works of John OwenEdinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1967), pp. 54-55.

Robert J. Breckinridge, “The Christian Pastor, One of Christ’s Ascension Gifts,” The Southern Presbyterian Review 35.3 (July 1884), footnote pp. 471-472, 479-480.

Letters of John Newton (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1960), pp. 55-56.

John Owen, The Work of the Spirit, vol. 4 of The Works of John Owen (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1967), p. 494.

John Owen, The Work of the Spirit, vol. 4 of The Works of John Owen (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1967), p. 496.

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