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God’s summoning of individuals and people to himself, so that they will belong to him and serve him in his world. The calling of a believer may involve a specific place, task or vocation in life.

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God calls individuals to belong to him and serve him

God calls all people everywhere

Acts 17:30 NASB95
“Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent,
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Few respond positively to God’s call

Matthew 22:14 NASB95
“For many are called, but few are chosen.”
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Responding to God’s call results in salvation

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God calls Christians to live differently

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Living in peace:

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serving one another

Living in hope:

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1 Thessalonians 4:7 NASB95
For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification.

God called particular individuals to do specific tasks at specific times

Abraham:

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Moses; Samuel; Isaiah

Cyrus:

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The servant of the Lord:

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Jeremiah; Hosea; Amos

Jonah:

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The disciples:

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Barnabas and Paul

Paul:

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God called a people, Israel, to serve him in a special way

Isaiah 43:1 NASB95
But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!
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The believer’s place in life is understood to be a calling

1 Corinthians 7:17 NASB95
Only, as the Lord has assigned to each one, as God has called each, in this manner let him walk. And so I direct in all the churches.
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