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?

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G-d's Foresight/Direction of Salvation to Mankind, Via The Jews

G-d's Foresight, In His Plan of Salvation to The Jew first and then to The Gentiles, shows The Planning that was put into His plan for mans' Atonement from sin.

When you already have a Jewish Community already established, it is easier to enter into their Worship and tell them The Good News of Yeshua(Jesus) to as many of your Countrymen as you can, and at one time. In almost any city of the world there was already a Jewish Community ready to hear what a Jewish Traveler would have to say about things back in Jerusalem from Their Own Bema(bemah or pulpit).

This was Jews speaking to Jews about The Prophetic! Then after hearing The Good News being preached and changing their lives, would take The Good News to their Gentile Friends as well. In every town or village that Yeshua(Jesus) was preached in, and from every Jewish Synagogue or Meeting Place the Message of The Gospel of Yeshua(Jesus) was also taken to The Gentile friends of those Jews hearing The Gospel for the first time.

There is much more but this was why it reached to so many places of High Authority in almost all the countries of the known world in such a short time frame.