A Practical Way to Enjoy the Riches of God’s Life

This is companion post (1) to Chapter 4, “Calling on the Name of the Lord,” of Basic Elements of the Christian Life, vol. 1.

“For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord is Lord of all and rich to all who call upon Him; for whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”—Rom. 10:12–13

In Chapter 4, we turn our attention to a healthy Christian practice that can help us contact God and enjoy the riches of His life: calling on the name of the Lord.

What is calling on the name of the Lord, and how do we practice it? This chapter explains to us that calling on the Lord is a kind of praying, but it is not merely praying. According to the original Hebrew and Greek language of the Bible, to call is to do something audible.

This chapter shows us:

  • Calling on the name of the Lord was practiced in the Old Testament
  • Calling was also practiced by the New Testament believers
  • Why we call on the Lord
  • How to call on the Lord
  • Our need to practice

Key quote from the reading

Page 33: “Today the Lord wants to recover calling on His name and to have us practice it so that we may enjoy the riches of His life.”


Have you ever heard of calling on the name of the Lord? What does the Bible tell you about why God’s people in the Old Testament and the New Testament practiced this?


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