Apostolic Ministry Essay

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Paul traveled a great expanse, covering a very large area of the Roman Empire. He went above and beyond reaching only a small portion, “Paul takes the Jesus movement out beyond its immediate beginnings in a relatively small corner of the Empire Palestine into much larger geographic areas of the Mediterranean world. In particular, Paul engages a strategy in which he will preach and establish Christian communities in the major cities of the Empire, including Thessalonica, Philippi, Corinth, Ephesus, and Colossae” (Agosto, Efrain). The whole purpose of Paul’s ministry was to take the gospel to places that it had never been before, this style of ministry is known as “apostolic ministry” (Agosto, Efrain). Paul went on four missionary journeys towards …show more content…
Paul did not do his ministry single handedly, he had many “associates” that helped him throughout his journey do the teaching and minister to the people (Agosto, Efrain). His ministry stood on one firm belief, “The norm for Paul 's ministry was a particular vision of Jesus ' ministry, for Paul 's ministry was shaped by Jesus ' suffering for others. The fact that ' 'one died for all ' ' (2 Cor. 5:14) provided the coherent vision for his ministry. Second Corinthians five verse fourteen states, “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died” (Poole, Susie). The "for others" of the cross had determined the character of Paul 's ministry” (Thompson, James W.). Paul was a great teacher and minister, and he accomplished very much in his life …show more content…
Paul believed in unity and peace, and hated conflict in the world. In 1 Timothy, “Paul exhorts Christians to pray for all in positions of authority” (The Politics of Paul the Apostle). Paul set the standard for keeping tensions low in the political realm, although in today’s world this does not work too well. “The politics of Paul consisted in his attempt to establish a network of relations that jeopardized the social structures of empire” (Mackenzie, Ed). Paul did not like how one elite group ruled the whole empire, he wanted more of a democracy. Paul felt that the law should be run by God’s laws, "A man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ" (Paul the Apostle). This political view relates to the modern Christian, not only do we have to follow the governments laws, but we also have to follow God’s laws in the

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