Missions and Acts - the Message

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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?

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Development of the Message

In my understanding the Church and the Kingdom are closely related because the Church is (as with those in the Old Testament) the remnant of Israel - those who accepted the Messiah of God as opposed to those who rejected him.

That would mean that Jesus teachings about the Kingdom were intended to reveal to the disciples the true relationship between those who are God's people and those who are not. Peter's message on the Day of Pentecost falls into the same category - though after the redemption of sinful Israel had been purchased.

Paul's message on Mar's Hill - from this perspective - is seen as a recap of the teaching of Romans 1-2 fitted for the Athenian audience. In all cases the message is designed to face man with his sinfulness before God, the danger he is in because of that and an explanation of the significance of the Life, death and resurrection of Jesus, the Christ.

I hope this is a help and an encouragement for further discussion :)

K
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Christ died for one Church:
Our failure to recognise other Christians
changes neither their place in the Kingdom of Heaven
nor our responsibility to encourage them in the faith

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Christ died for one Church:
Our failure to recognize other Christians
changes neither their place in the Kingdom of Heaven
nor our responsibility to encourage them in the faith




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