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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There Is A Difference

Brother Robbins,

I am sorry for the misunderstanding that I have caused you to think about the difference in the convention between God, Lord, Yeshua and Jesus and in the way I use to express myself from a Jewish point of view. Most Christians don't get it at all.

Sometimes we are blinded by what we see and then think it is different. We then make judgment calls based on reason or logic.

When it comes to understanding God's Holiness, Semitic Thought always shows Blessing and Honor for G-d's Name. After stating G-d's Holy Name, they usually will add a post script of "Blessed be His Name" or "Holy is His Name".

My convention is different for L-rd G-d and YHVH because the Jews have not really discovered that our Jesus, their Yeshua, Joshua or the many other Hebrew Names that represent His Name have not yet been aligned with YHVH and L-rd G-d yet.

I don't know why this is so, but trust in G-d's Grace, that is sufficient to cause a change in their lives. If we approach them and give them The Gospel that will fit into their line of reason so G-d's Holy Spirit can do His work of conviction and applying Faith to each one He is Calling.

So If I were to do this up front, I would be received as a missionary and be rejected right away. It would only be excepted by those who receive Yeshua as L-rd and Savior.

We as Christians are considered outsiders to The Jews. The word Goy today means a Gentile. So Christians of all other nations are Goyim.