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God calls and sends out his people into the world. All believers are called to share the good news of the gospel, though some are specially commissioned by God, confirmed by the church and compelled by the gospel message to missionary service.
The call to all God’s people
Missionaries in the OT
Those sent to other peoples 2Ki 17:27-28 A priest from Samaria returns to teach the resettled population about the
Am 7:15 Amos, from Judah, is sent to the northern kingdom of Israel. Jonah is sent to the city of Nineveh: Jnh 1:1-2; Jnh 3:1-2
Missionaries in the NT
Jesus Christ’s disciples Lk 9:1-6 Healing and deliverance accompanies preaching as part of the disciples’mission. See also Mt 10:5-16 During Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry the disciples’mission was limited to Israel; Mk 6:7-11; Lk 10:1
Receiving the missionary call
The call confirmed by the church Ac 13:2-3 See also Ac 14:26-27; Ac 15:40; Ac 22:14-15 Paul’s call to be a missionary to the Gentiles is communicated through Ananias; Gal 2:7-9 Paul’s mission to the Gentiles is recognised by the other apostles.
The call through circumstances Ac 8:4 Persecution drove the early church to wider mission. See also Ge 45:4-5 Joseph sold into slavery in Egypt; Da 1:3-6 Daniel among those taken into exile in Babylon; Ac 18:1-2 Priscilla and Aquila left Rome because of persecution.
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