MISSION IN THE BOOK OF ACTS: MISSION OF THE CHURCH

Christoph Stenschke

Abstract



This paper examines how the early Christian mission is portrayed in the Book of Acts.
While leading figures such as Peter and Paul and their ministries dominate the narrative,
there is a substantial amount of evidence that many more people than the apostles were
involved in spreading the Gospel under different, at times adverse, circumstances. Even the
mission activities of prominent figures are deeply embedded in the mission of various
churches, above all the church in Jerusalem. This inspiring portrait challenges some
contemporary notions of mission and evangelism. While mission is primarily the mission of
God (missio Dei), it is also the mission of the church (missio ecclesiae) – not only of its
ordained ministry or particular societies devoted to mission, but the mission of all
Christians so that many more Africans may go on their way rejoicing (Acts 8:39).

Keywords


The Book of Acts, Mission in the New Testament, Mission of the Church, Early Christianity, Paul, the Apostle, Paul's Portrait in Acts

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/103-0-589

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