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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Jewish viewpoint?

"God" is not His name, but rather His title or being. Jews have always, and still do, pronounce and spell out God and Lord (Elohim and Adonai). It is the name of God which they did not pronounce. Also, they would write it correctly. The elimination of vowels was not a code. The Hebrew text of old did not include vowels in the words. JHWH or YHVH is the complete name as words were written at that time.

The Judaistic viewpoint was, and is, that Jesus Christ is not that God. If, indeed, that is your viewpoint, perhaps this is not the forum that is appropriate for you. This forum, as it is presented, is a discussion from the Protestant viewpoint (that is, from the viewpoint that the Old and New Testament Scripture is the only true source and verification of truth about God). The Judaistic denial of the deity of Christ is a direct contradiction of Protestant theology, because it denies the truth of Scripture. That Jesus Christ is YHVH (or more frequently JHWH) is the only way to balance the Old and New Testaments (the latter being totally denied as Scripture by the same Judaistic folks).

Misspelling anyone's, especially, JHVH's title or name, is disrespectful and disruptive. It also appears extremely egotistical.

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