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Bible Term: Missionary

Interestingly, the word missionary does not appear in the Bible (NIV).

Though we today understand a missionary as someone who goes out to tell others the good news about Jesus, the Bible uses the word minister for that context.

Also see pastor.

Key verse about missionary: “Paul wanted Timothy to go with him [as a missionary]; and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, since they all knew that his father was a Greek” (Acts 16:3, AMP).

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