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The IVP New Testament Commentary Series – The Commissioning (13:1-3)
The Commissioning (13:1-3)

Large numbers of North American and European missionaries who were deployed after World War II are now retiring. The need for replacements raises the key question, Who sends the missionary? Clarity is needed in a time when some missionary candidates "lay hands" on themselves, without involving the church. On the other hand, some churches insist that unless candidates defer totally to their guidance, they should not go. The work of the Spirit in the lives of Saul and Barnabas and the church at Antioch gives us God's perspective on who sends the missionary.

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