The History of Christianity #16
Our Scripture verse today is Romans 1:16 which reads: "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek."
Our quote today is from Paul House. He said, "The early church was most useful when it preached the meaning of Christ through the lens of the whole of Scripture. It was most powerful when it maintained integrity with God and other human beings. It was most evangelistic when it understood that adherents of other religions, whether Jewish or Greek or Roman, faced eternal judgment without Christ."
Today, we are discussing "Mission to the Gentiles" (Part 1) from Justo L. Gonzalez's fine book, The Story of Christianity (Volume 1).
Those Christians whom Acts calls "Hellenists," while Jewish, showed a degree of openness to Hellenistic culture. Since they were the first to be persecuted in Jerusalem, they were the first to be scattered throughout the neighboring towns, and thus they were also the first to take the Christian message to those areas.
Let's look at The Scope of the Mission:
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