Missions and Acts - Covenantal Approach?

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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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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?

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Jonah Was Called by G-d to Preach toThe Gentiles of Nineveh


Yes, and there was Jonah the only Prophet of Israel sent to The Gentiles, who was called by G-d to preach repentance to The City of Nineveh(Gentiles), located on the banks of The Tigris River. His preaching was to draw The City unto repentance of it's sins of worshiping Ishtar, and other false gods like Sin, Nergal, Samas, and Nabiu of Borsippa, and turn their hearts unto The True G-d, YHVH and His Mercy and Forgiveness.

Nineveh was a very large City and it was located in Assyria, very close to the current day Northern City of Mosul, Iraq. Mosul is on the opposite side of The Tigris River from Nineveh's location in Jonah's time. It was Nimrod that actual was The Builder of Nineveh. Today Nineveh is only a Tell, the results from accumulation and erosion of building material deposited by human occupation over time.

In Jonah 3:3 to 4:11, ...as an exceeding great city of three days journey... This would give a circumference of about 100 kilometers or 62 miles. This means it took three days to cover the distance through The City by walking.

With Jonah arriving, via G-d's Submarine Transportation Service, repentance broke out in the hearts of The People of Nineveh, and the city was turned unto Worshiping The True G-d, YHVH.

The time of this Prophetic Event in our History was approximately between 793-753BC and under the reign of Jeroboam II, from 2 Kings 14:25.

Elijah was sent to Zarephath to live for a while, from 1 Kings 17:8-10, and journeyed to Damascus, from in 2 Kings 8:7.

But only Jonah was given the message of Repentance and Mercy to be preached directly to The Gentiles, The People of The City of Nineveh. With G-d's help Jonah fulfilled G-d's Call on his life. Nineveh repented from it's sins!