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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 KJV 1900
And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
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Few respond positively to God’s call

Matthew 22:14 KJV 1900
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 KJV 1900
For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.

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 KJV 1900
But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, And he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.
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The believer’s place in life is understood to be a calling

1 Corinthians 7:17 KJV 1900
But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches.
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