The movement in Ephesus began with Paul’s band of missionaries understanding the culture on a deep level. Initially we see Priscilla and Aquila effectively engaging the Jews in the synagogue. They naturally understood the Jewish context and could communicate the gospel by appealing to Scripture. When Paul moves to the philosophical school of Tyrannus (Acts 19:8-10), we see a missiological shift to connecting the story of Jesus to the story of the Ephesians. He was so effective in the shift that every resident of Asia heard the word of the Lord. What exactly did Paul do to make this connection? That is what this chapter is about. To effectively engage our contexts we need to dialogue with people, observe their culture, and study their history.
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On this week’s Ephesiology Podcast, Michael talks with Jeff Christopherson about his upcoming course on Church Planting. Jeff brings years of experience and wisdom from his career as a serial church planter. The course, based on his book Kingdom Matrix, focuses on equipping church planters in fundamentals based upon Kingdom concepts. Jeff explains that church planters will either build the kingdom of God or the kingdom of Darkness.
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