Missions and Acts - Covenantal Approach?

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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Jesus said he was sent to seek and saved the lost sheep of Israel - yet he still had a place for Gentiles who were present when he was preaching. When the new Church began in Acts i took a sign from God before the Apostles were prepared to take the Gospel to the Gentiles at all. Then when Paul did, he went first to the Jews and then to the Greeks. We explore this aspect of his method of missions.

The process Paul used (The Jews first and then the Greeks) may set out a policy we should keep in mind for missions outreach. Do you think this was a deliberate policy? Do you think he began with those who, not only should have been the easiest to reach with the truth but also, were the ones who should join with him in the further work of outreach? What part did their greater accountability under the covenant have to play in his use of this policy?

RockinRobbins's picture

We have to keep in mind that

We have to keep in mind that the ministry to the Gentiles was not Paul's idea, but God's, established in the Old Testament from our oldest scriptures going back to Genesis. And Paul was not the first apostle to the Gentiles, Peter was, in Acts 10--sent against his inclination and "better" instincts to do God's will in carrying out that Old Testament prophesy regarding the Gentiles.

Paul did not break new ground. Neither did he depart from God's will in ministering to both Jews and Gentiles, for it was already clear that in God's Kingdom there is no Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female, rich or poor. God is no respecter of persons and neither were Paul and Peter. They obeyed when they did not understand. No greater thing can be said of any man.