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Call of preachers

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God declares his word through called and anointed preachers. He overcomes their reluctance, helps their weakness, authorises their message and confirms the truth of what they declare.

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God’s call of preachers

It is not dependent upon background

Amos 7:14–15 ERV
Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet’s son; but I was an herdman, and a dresser of sycomore trees: and the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel.
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It is not dependent upon ability

Exodus 4:10–12 ERV
And Moses said unto the Lord, Oh Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: for I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh a man dumb, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? is it not I the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt speak.
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It is not dependent upon willingness

Exodus 4:13 ERV
And he said, Oh Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send.
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It is a matter of God’s sovereign choice

Jeremiah 1:4–5 ERV
Now the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee, and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee; I have appointed thee a prophet unto the nations.
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God’s commissioning of preachers

They are commissioned to declare God’s word

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They are to declare God’s word with authority

Titus 2:15 ERV
These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
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They are to declare God’s word without fear

Jeremiah 1:7–8 ERV
But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for to whomsoever I shall send thee thou shalt go, and whatsoever I shall command thee thou shalt speak. Be not afraid because of them: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord.
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God’s constraint upon preachers

1 Corinthians 9:16 ERV
For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of; for necessity is laid upon me; for woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel.
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God’s confirmation of his call upon preachers

Acts 14:3 ERV
Long time therefore they tarried there speaking boldly in the Lord, which bare witness unto the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.
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