MISSION IN THE BOOK OF ACTS: MISSION OF THE CHURCH
AbstractThis 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).
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