Missions and Acts - the Message

Kaitiaki's picture

Basically this is just a "what do we learn about the Church from Acts?" thread. As we watch Paul and Barnabas and then Paul and Silas building the Church in Acts, what can we learn about their concept of the Church as a whole? Robert suggested my original plan was too cumbersome so asked me to create new threads.

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As we study Acts is seems there is a clear difference between the way many Churches today preach the Gospel and the way it was done in Acts. Is this a reality we might ask or is it only an impression? Then too there is a difference in the content of Paul's sermon in Acts 17 when compared with Peter's in Acts 2. We look at the message preached in Acts and its implications for preaching today.

Does the preaching of Acts Chapter 2 (Peter's sermon at Pentecost) provide us with an example of the approach we should be taking with those who have a Judeo/Christian heritage (ie those who know and accept the Bible framework but who don't accept Jesus as the Messiah)? On this view, Acts 17 (Paul on Mars Hill) would provide us with an example of the approach to non-Christians who do not accept the Bible world-life view (and that includes the majority of today's society - those who accept the evolutionary view). What part, if any, do you think the Creation - Evolution debate has to play in Home missions work?

tomgroeneman's picture

development of the message

It seems to me that there was a progression of development from when Jesus first preached the gospel of the kingdom to what the apostles proclaimed and then what we consider now to be the kerygma. I am unclear about the content of Jesus' message as compared with the gospel that Paul declared. Related to this is the concept of the Church. The gospels say very little about the Church as an institution but the rest of the New Testament is all about the Church. What is the difference between the Kingdom and the Church? Why did Jesus not say more about the Church? Should we be preaching a more kingdom oriented message today? These questions relate to protestantism in the sense that whereas Roman Catholicism centers on the traditions of the historical Church, evangelical protestants seek to be more faithful to the original pattern as formulated in the book of Acts. From reading Clark's post I got the impression that building Church life today around the message of the sermon is not the proper balance in ministry. I would only say that the Church and the kingdom are unique in human history because of the message of the gospel (1 Cor. 15:1-4). Without the content of the message, the Church is just another social institution amongst many and it is fitting that protestant Churches emphasize the sermon; without glorifying the messenger. I would very much appreciate your feedback on the questions I raised.
Yours in Christ,
Bro. TOM G.

Tom Groeneman