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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Response to ElderDad

Wow! I'm amazed of the work you did, so much research and Bible knowledge. Thank you for the resources and for being transparent.

It has been said that the entire Bible, from beginning to end, is not only a picture book of Salvation but also a revelation of the nature of God and the nature of man. Man can never comprehend the totality of God, but in our level of comprehension, the Bible reveals a God who is always forgiving, ever patience, all-powerful and abundantly loving. Man is frail, limited, and impatience; he is sinful and rebellious; he is prone to wonder away from God. This is what we see in the story of the Israelites in their relationship with God. Spite of the miracles they have seen and experienced and the provision they have received from God, over and again they wondered away from Him.

During the time of Jesus, the leaders of Israel wondered away from God so far that they were blind to the needs of the people. Israel was leaderless and Jesus was furious. When He entered into His ministry, Jesus called Israel’s leaders to repentance. Even though Jesus fulfilled all the prophecy concerning the Messiah, they rejected Him. They had chosen to separate themselves from God; they had chosen judgment rather than Salvation. In Matthew 8, we read this judgment and you're right this is a scary chapter.

I would like to add that this chapter is a warning to all leaders, Gentiles or Jews.