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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The process Paul used

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?

I think this was a deliberate policy. Paul knowing the details of the Bible would have known the condition of Moses’ house when he was about to go on a mission. When Moses received the assignment from God to save Israel, the first thing he should have done was to clean up his own house. God commanded Abraham that all sons of Israel were to be circumcised. Moses neglected this command. He was about to embark on a mission with his own son uncircumcised. God “sought to kill him.”

“And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him. Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast [it] at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband [art] thou to me. So he let him go: then she said, A bloody husband [thou art], because of the circumcision” (Exd 4:24-26).

This may seemed extreme on the part of God. But He is serious about obedience. When we live in disobedience, we become false witnesses. We cause non-believers to mock God and new believers to be mislead.

Also in the New Testament, Jesus reiterated this idea of cleaning up your own backyard first before cleaning up others’ when He said “Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye” (Mat 7:4-5). This is exactly what Jesus did during His earthy ministry. He cleaned up the Temple, called the leaders of Israel to repentance, and sent His apostles to minister to “...go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Mat 10:6).

I think when setting out a policy for mission outreach, we should keep in mind the process Paul used (The Jews first and then the Greeks).




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