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?

RockinRobbins's picture

It's what happens when we

It's what happens when we substitute human wisdom for God's. We cannot avoid fallacy, thus the reason that scripture must rule all, Sola Scriptura. My pastor has a great saying for Biblical commentaries, "A little bit of scripture would illuminate that gobbledygook to no end!"

We all fall into that trap, no matter how careful we are. This particular example particularly shows that careful reverence and sincere reasoning does not necessarily lead to truth.

Jesus called God "Abba," equivalent to "Daddy" in english. There is no evidence he removed the vowels when doing so. In imitation of Jesus, neither should we.