Called and Sent by God The Divine Initiative in Ministry and Mission

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Mark Powell

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The contribution of the Old and New Testaments to the understanding of the Lord’s role in involving people in His saving purposes in the world is considered. This is done by considering how both the Old and New Testaments describe people being specially commissioned to serve Him, as well as how the term 'call' is variously used.  The concept of being 'called' to Christian service as a valid expectation for believers today is then considered.  Finally, a number of practical applications for what difference this understanding might have on the nature of one’s ministry is explored.

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