Missionary Methods: St Paul's Or Ours?
Be prepared to change your views on principles of missionary methods in this authoritative work, first published in 1912, but which contains a wide scope of information relevant for the present day. Within a decade, St. Paul established the Church...
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Be prepared to change your views on principles of missionary methods in this authoritative work, first published in 1912, but which contains a wide scope of information relevant for the present day. Within a decade, St. Paul established the Church in the four provinces of Galatia, Macedonia, Achaia and Asia. This informative study focuses on the social background to the Apostle's missionary journeys with comparisons between his methods and those of the modern day. The book divides into five parts; the first examines the social and religious world which the Apostle inhabited in AD 50; the second addresses how St. Paul presented the Christian Gospel and his financial policy of self-support for the new churches. Here, contrasts are made between St. Paul's financial and missionary principles, which differ alarmingly from those of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The rapidness of the Apostle's appointment of responsible church leaders is sharply contrasted with the slowness of the present in the third part. Part four deals with St. Paul's procedures for authority in churches, where those of the present day fail to address the conscience of the local church. Conclusions are provided in part five and the clarity and vigour of Allen's style ensures the reader's interest is maintained to the end.
Ronald J. Allen is Nettie Sweeney and Hugh Th. Miller Professor of Preaching and New Testament at Christian Theological Seminary, and the author of several books including "A Faith of Your Own" and "The Life of Jesus for Today".
- Frontispiece; New Foreword; Foreword To Previous Edition; Author's Preface; Antecedent Conditions; Strategic Points; Class; Moral And Social Condition; The Presentation Of The Gospel; Miracles; Finance; The Substance Of St Paul's Preaching; The Training Of Converts; The Teaching; The Training Of Candidates For Baptism And Ordination; St Paul's Method Of Dealing With Organised Churches; Authority And Discipline; Unity; Conclusions; Principles; Application; Epilogue; Index To Biblical References.