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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Yeshua

Yeshua is/was an actual Hebrew name--in English we render this name Joshua. The issue of vowel iteration surrounding the name of God goes back to the sacred name YHWH. The name Joshua, however, never held any such convention. As far as we know, Jesus never insisted on people avoiding the full pronunciation of his name, and so there is no reason to impose a custom where Jesus never did, especially since it was a common Hebrew name shared by many people. Your strong criticism is grounded in the assumption that you understand Lee's convention in the first place, which you apparently do not.

In regards to your other post, Calling God "Abba, Father" is a different thing than calling God "YHWH," which is where the "G-d" and "L-rd" custom comes from (more or less, to my understanding). "Abba" is again a generic Hebrew word for "Father," not the sacred secret name for the Jewish god which could never be pronounced. The commandment, "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord in vain" has some relationship to this convention, and in an effort to observe this commandment, they actually struggled to avoid the specific name of God altogether. Nowadays, we call God "God" and so to transmit the caution and reverence regarding the person and character of God, it is not uncommon to remove parts of the name. This convention is held by many, many people, including large portions of the Jewish-Christian community.

Please give respect to other perspectives and posters in the forums. I've never seen Lee attack others for failing to follow this convention or conviction, and the same respect should be granted to him. If this is unacceptable I will work out a solution.

Ye search the scriptures, because ye think that in them ye have eternal life;
And these are they which bear witness of me;
And ye will not come to me, that ye may have life. (John 5:39-40)




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