Bible Time Period: The Church
The Church carries on your work in the world: Make me a faithful ambassador of your love.
Paul’s first missionary journey, in which the Gospel begins to be preached beyond the borders of Judah and Samaria, is launched in Acts 13. On this trip, he establishes a number of churches. In his second and third journeys, he will return to instruct and strengthen them.
- First Journey Acts 13-14
- Second Journey Acts 15:36 – 18:22
- Third Journey Acts 18:23 – 20:38
As the Church begins to welcome Gentiles into its membership, a serious dispute arises over whether Gentile converts must be circumcised (in essence, whether they must first become Jews). This is addressed and resolved in what we call the “Jerusalem Council” in chapter 15. Notice how the council rules and how the ruling is communicated to the new churches.
In each city they visit, where do the missionaries go first? When do they move on to preach to another?
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