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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I'm not sure the issue is an either/or here but a both/and.

The Jews still maintain a priority in Gods redemptive plan.

The Jews have and always will hold a priority in Gods redemptive Plan.
They are Gods chosen people, a people separated from all other peoples.
Salvation is of the Jews, again a priority.
Even in eschatological things they will hold a priority Romans 2:9-10.
But let's not mistake this priority in righteousness or merit, covenants, or any other salvific mode, in that area God sees no distinction.

If anything God uses the two heritages, Jew and Greek, one and against the other to humble themselves.

To the Jew the Apostle Paul says you are not being saved by your own culture but through a despised people called the Jews.
To the Jew he says this salvation is not your own, it is Gods and he gives it to whoever he pleases.

In all things and in all questions we always return to the same thing.

The Gospel is the power of God to all who believe.

And if we look at the order of this verse in Romans 1:16 we can see an almost mini Acts of the Apostles spelled out.
As our Savior said to the woman of Samaria, Salvation is of the Jews. And indeed of them the Messiah came, and so to them the gospel was first preached, and by the Jewish Apostles it was preached to the Gentiles.