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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The Respect Toward G-d's Sacred Name, As A Jew Would Have


As we study G-d's Word we find that it was first given to The Jews through Moses.

As we study Christian Doctrine, nothing is really found there about The Honor and The Respect for G-d that The Jews Have for His Name. They never say G-d's Name and never pen G-d's name in full.

HaShem is The Hebrew Word that is used to represent G-d without saying His complete Name. YHVH is also used to identify G-d and is called The Tetragrammation.

The Hebrew Scribe would never pen G-d's name in The Scroll he was making. They would use codes that would identify which name they were using so the cantor would use the correct name as he would read The Scroll from The Bema.

I try to teach from a more Jewish view point as a Christian and so desire to say things from Scripture from a Jewish Context of Torah, Tanakh or Brit Chadasha.

I am not Jewish but do teach from a more Jewish understanding rather than Greek or Latin and most Western European forms of Christianity.