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.

Thread Moderator - Kaitiaki

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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Thank you. I have no problem

Thank you. I have no problem at all with my post as edited. You have been fair and left my point totally intact, that a choice is to be made between tradition and contradictions inherent in maintaining the tradition when it comes in conflict with reality. My use of the word "choose" was respectful and in that context. You as moderator have a perfect right to decide otherwise, and I will refrain from calling on anyone else to choose between truth and fallacy. Certainly, Jesus would never call on anyone to do so.

I thought I had made it clear in this and my subsequent post that I respect the poster who uses G_d, L_rd, but not Y_sh__ or J_s_s was acting sincerity, reverence and with conviction that he was entirely proper in his position. I apologize if anyone was left with any contrary impression.