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?

ccemanes's picture

My comment

Brother Clark,

You asked brother Lee if his statement "James The Just succeeded his brother Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth in Leadership of The Body of Believers” is a positive thing in his view and if it is scriptural to think of one person, even the brother of Yeshua, assuming leadership of the body of believers in the place of Christ. It’s neither positive nor scriptural. Jesus is not in the same category with men and cannot be succeeded by a man.

Peter made a mistake in placing Jesus in the same category with Moses and Elijah when during the transfiguration he wanted to build three tabernacles. "Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah" (Mat 17:4).

God corrected Peter. " While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!" (Mat 17:5). Jesus says, “I and [My] Father are one” (Jhn 10:30).

Jesus is God. “He came from the throne of the Father to the womb of a woman. He put on humanity that we might put on divinity. He became Son of Man that we might become sons of God. He was born in a supernatural way…“ (The Incomparable Christ). There is only one Savior, one Messiah, one Son of God and that is Jesus. He has no successors to take His place.