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.
Those sent to their own peopleIsa 6:8-10See also2Pe 2:5 Noah; Jer 2:1-4 Jeremiah’s ministry extended further but was primarily to his own people, Judah; Eze 2:3 Ezekiel
Those sent to other peoples2Ki 17:27-28A priest from Samaria returns to teach the resettled population about the Lord. God’s servant is to bring salvation to the whole world:Isa 42:6; Isa 49:6; Ac 13:47 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
Jesus Christ’s disciplesLk 9:1-6Healing and deliverance accompanies preaching as part of the disciples’mission. See alsoMt 10:5-16 During Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry the disciples’mission was limited to Israel; Mk 6:7-11; Lk 10:1
The call confirmed by the churchAc 13:2-3See alsoAc 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 circumstancesAc 8:4Persecution drove the early church to wider mission. See alsoGe 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.
Dictionary of Bible Themes Scripture index copyright Martin H. Manser, 2009. As Editor, Martin Manser wishes to thank all those who compiled or edited the NIV Thematic Study Bible, on which this work is based.
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