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?

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Faith, or Mindlessly Follow

Brother Robbins

Some Scripture from Peter first.

From The King James Bible, 1 Peter 5:6-7,
V6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
V7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Brother, you have completely shown your disrespect for G-d by your misunderstanding of the reason I have to Honor my L-rd and my G-d when you analyze my post in the way you have done.

From 2 Corinthians 5:7, The English Standard Version Bible,
V7 for we walk by faith, not by sight.

We are to live each day by Faith. Faith involves trust and obedience to G-d's Word. Faith is not of us but it is from G-d. So if you are comparing that Faith which is from G-d to "mindlessly follow", then I'm OK with that, Brother Robbins, because it is with my heart that I follow The Christ, Yeshua(Jesus), The Anointed One and not my mind. My mind is washed each day by The Word of G-d. It brings transformation to those who read The Word daily into a New Person.

I think you really wanted to undermine the understanding that is totally Jewish and you call a religion which G-d hates, which is your opinion alone and not mine.

But what is not OK with me, is your insistence on misunderstanding who Jesus Is. Jesus was born a Jew. Jesus Died The King of The Jews. He had a Jewish name and it wasn't Jesus!

Jesus is an English Translation of a Latin name Iesus. The Koine Greek transliterated(Hellenize) the name Ἰησοῦς or Iēsoûs from the Hebrew name יְהוֹשֻׁעַ (Yĕhōšuă‘, Joshua) or Hebrew-Aramaic יֵשׁוּעַ (Yēšûă‘).

A Messianic Jew would refer to The Name as Yeshua. The Name can be transliterated many different ways, but that is not important here, and I need not go there now.

What is important to remember is Jesus was a Jew and He had a Jewish Name. There is no disrespect in knowing that Jesus name was Yeshua. Are you fearful for what you may find by a search for the correct understanding and The Truth?

So when I post both English and Hebrew names together, it is not to cause disrespect, but to honor both and put them together so you and others can see the Truth as it is from a Hebrew point of view.