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CMIN 201 (Sp '15) T01 - The Missionary Call

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Transcript of CMIN 201 (Sp '15) T01 - The Missionary Call

The Missionary Call
Premature Return
A Basic Explanation
Is a Call Required?
“The distinction between God's 'general call' and his 'specific call' is very similar to the distinction between God's 'general will' as revealed in Scripture and his 'specific will' for the individual.

God's general will (call) is that I be a witness. His specific will (call) is that I be a witness in Nepal or Chicago or wherever.”
Burning bush - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Why do missionaries return prematurly?
Can’t get along with ...
# 3
Motivation for going was not correct
Not called from God
Their children
... fellow missionaries
... nationals
Sources and Image Credits
Hale, Thomas,
Don't Let the Goats Eat the Loquat Trees: Adventures of an American Surgeon in Nepal
(Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1986), 17.
Do you think it is necessary to be called to become a missionary?
How do you know whether you are called into missions?
How does God call people today?
Tony Watkins,
Keswick Unconventional Night Shift; https://www.flickr.com/photos/tonywatkins/14668984549
Some Important Considerations
We should not limit God to our thinking
God's Call into Missions
God can use ordinary people
Can I be a missionary without being called?
A call is only one piece (larger picture)
How is the local church involved?
For "Called" People
How did the Lord guide you to this conviction?
What is your understanding of God's heart for the nations?
When did you depend on God?
Matthew Paulson,
Missionary Baptist Church
; http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewpaulson/8491235836/in/photostream/.
Keswick Unconventional Night Shift
Missionary Baptist Church
Are you flexible?
Will you quit when it gets rough?
Adopted chapter 9 "First Steps: Have You Been Called?" in A. Scott Moreau, Gary R. Corwin and Gary B. McGee,
Introducing World Missions
(Baker, 2004), 159-171.
Question your assumptions
The call is a definite event
God is not restricted to one particular way
Book of Acts – model of a missionary call
Only normative actions are binding
Call comes through mystical experiences
God likes variety - don't compare
No call -> no success (or fruit)
A fruitful ministry depends on biblical principles.
A call is the best test of fitness for missionary service
Only one among many factors
Only especially gifted people are called
Guidelines on the Call
All are called, some are assigned
All are called to engage in discipleship as a way of life.
The body of Christ plays an important role in the call
Invite the local community of believers to examine your call.
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