John 6:35-40, God’s Gracious Initiative

The subject of the service for this Lord’s Day is “The Effectual Call” (article 10 in the Baptist Confess of Faith). It refers to the initiative God takes to bring his people to salvation. He does this—not because of anything in our character or because of what we do. He calls us on the basis of his gracious intentions. When he calls us, the call is effectual, that is, it accomplishes God’s intended purpose. The instrument that God uses to accomplish his purpose is his Word applied by his Spirit.