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.

Thread Moderator - Kaitiaki

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?

Groups:
Kaitiaki's picture

Honoring the Name of God

"The scribes developed a notation incorporating the vowels of Elohim into the consonants of YHVH. It was generally pronounced Adonai, which is the title Lord, rather than the personal name of the Deity."

At the risk of getting off the point - I would like to make a correction. According to my memory of my Hebrew Grammar the notation incorporated the vowels of Adonai - not Elohim into the consonants. So that what was read (adonai) replaced what was written (JHVH).

For my own part I think it needs to be borne in mind that Christianity is a Jewish faith and that Protestantism is concerned to recover the earliest form of our faith. I agree with JStaller that what jesus rejected was the abuses which the Scribes, Pharisees and Sadducees added to the Old Testament. That being the case I feel it is encumbent on us to honor the views of those from Judaism who become Christian without compromising the faith once for all delivered to the saints.

If that means accepting some Jewish conventions as being eqivalent to our own - provided the convention does not lead us away from the Biblical way of salvation - it should be a matter of indifference.

K
---------------------------------
Christ died for one Church:
Our failure to recognise other Christians
changes neither their place in the Kingdom of Heaven
nor our responsibility to encourage them in the faith

-------- --------- -------- --------
Christ died for one Church:
Our failure to recognize other Christians
changes neither their place in the Kingdom of Heaven
nor our responsibility to encourage them in the faith




Advertisements