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?

CLARK E. WADE's picture

Hey brother Lee...

There is a passage in the Psalms (131:1-2) that says this:

"LORD, MY heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty; neither do I exercise myself in matters too great or in things too wonderful for me. Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with his mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me [ceased from fretting]."

I'm going to plead that in this case with your comments and not "exercise myself in matters too great" for me. I do have major problems with the idea of apostolic succession, particularly when it comes to Peter and his successors, but my thoughts on these things doesn't take up a lot of my time. It does seem that Peter's ministry was to the circumcision and Paul's to the Gentiles and they seem so different from one another in many respects, and they seemed to clash often. Perhaps, that is still the case today and our Lord is going to settle this all out in His own time and grace.

Your brother,