Called To Preach
1. The Credentials Of The Called 12:25-13:1
a. Those called are the faithful v. 25
b. Those called are the serving v. 1
The prophets helped lay the foundation for the church as they proclaimed the Word of God (Eph. 2:20; 1 Cor. 14:29–32). They were more “forth-tellers” than “foretellers,” though at times the prophets did announce things to come (Acts 11:27–30). The teachers helped to ground the converts in the doctrines of the faith (2 Tim. 2:2).
2. The Circumstances Of The Calling 13:2-3
a. The Spirit’s command v. 2
“Fasting” is always a mark of deep spiritual concern, indicating that a person is willing to set aside the normal demands of life in order to concentrate for a time on what God wants.
b. The church’s commission v. 3
Effective Christian leaders will likewise see the need to discern God’s gifting for ministry in others, to support (and where necessary train) those whom God is leading to local ministry or mission elsewhere, and to affirm them by acts of ordination or commissioning