The Call, Os Guinness

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Major Essay #3 In his book, “The Call” Os Guinness presents the biblical definition of calling for the Christian. Guinness brings clarity to what true Biblical calling is, and how it should affect our lives. Guinness present the skewed modern conception of calling, that is not at all biblical, and shatters its ideas. Throughout “The Call”, Guinness explains how calling should transform our lives, and influence everything that we do. Guinness explains that there are two different types of calling that work together; primary and secondary. First, Guinness explains the concept of a primary calling that every Christian receives. This primary call declares that Christians are called “by Him, to Him and for Him.” (Pg. 31) He then further explains that “we are called to Someone (God), not to something (such as motherhood, politics or teaching) or to somewhere (such as the inner city or Outer Mongolia).” (Pg. 31) Guinness presents his idea on primary calling as a calling directly to relationship with God that every believer receives before anything else. It would be foolish to think that one receives a “calling” to serve in a specific church as a pastor before they ever become a believer. Even further, Guinness argues that “Neither work, nor career can be fully satisfying without a deeper sense of calling—but “calling” itself is empty and indistinguishable from work unless there is Someone who calls.” (Pg. 37) Our primary calling it to God as believers and no one else, and if we
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