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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With That Introduction Said, I'll say more

Thank you Kaitiaki,

I am a bit late in posting back to the questions, comments and statements here being made. I would like to address ElderDad and his last statement about The Jewish Community of Faith.

For the most part I believe you are speaking from the heart. What you point out is that LOVE is the direction G-d wants us to go and follow always.

But, I would like to point out, that it is by G-d's Sovereign Direction that we live and move and have our being as well! This is The G-d of The Jews, YHVH, which all men are being directed by. Both Jews and Gentiles are being Called by G-d into His Service.

When we want to put our own desired ideas in place or our own misconceptions about what G-d has said or was doing in The Early Church, we must remember The Church of Jesus The Christ was first and is a Sect of The Jewish Community at Large! This Sect had a name as well as a large following which were driving The Pharisee Sect of Judaism crazy with The New Released Prophetic Interpretation of The Tenakh and pointing out Yeshua(Jesus) as G-d's Provision for our Salvation from It.

So this New Sect of Judaism was called The Nazarene Sect, after Yeshua(Jesus) was Executed at Golgotha, The Place of The Skull. The name Nazarene, identified the place of His home town, where He grew up as well as their Identification in Judaism.

James The Just succeeded his brother Yeshua(Jesus) of Nazareth in Leadership of The Body of Believers. This Body of Believers called Nazarenes, fled Jerusalem because of a warning of its coming siege and destruction before The Ascension of Yeshua(Jesus) into The Heaven of heavens. They fled to Pella before The Roman Destruction of The Temple in 70AD.

It was only The High Priest(Koen Godol), The Sanhedrin and some Pharisees that didn't believe. Yes they rejected The Gospel and were carted off to Rome as slaves with most of The People of Jerusalem who didn't flee The City. The Temple was also totally destroyed as well.

Most of The Worship was done on The Sabbath, in Jewish Observance.