"teaching you in public and from house to house"

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    - Acts 20:18-21

    Anyone here have a pastor who teaches from house to house? Ever heard of one?

    Baxter as Beethoven
     
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    Sure...my pastor and his wife and other members from the church go door-to-door witnessing. Isn't that teaching?
     
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    Anyone here have a pastor who teaches from house to house? Ever heard of one?

    The first-century church met in homes. Paul went house to house because they didn't have one big building where they could fit the whole church like we have today.
     
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    But it says "in public and from house to house". What was "in public" then?
     
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    Well, sometimes the church met in the synagogues, and it's not unlikely that sometimes they would gather in a public place as well.

    Paul could also be making a distinction between public teaching and private, in which he ministered personally instead of congregationally.
     
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    So you're thinking this was evangelism then? I took it for more than that.
     
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    So you're thinking this was evangelism then?

    Sorry, I reconsidered what I had written, and completely rewrote it.

    No, I don't think Paul is telling the Ephesians about how he did evangelism. I think he's talking about his pastoral ministry to the church.
     
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    "In public" was on the one hand outside, and on the other, before the public in an enclosure. Remember Paul's "unknown god" speech?
     
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    To whatever: If you want to understand how truly difficult it is for most people to believe and follow what the Bible says about Paul's teaching in public and house to house. I suggest you ask some people to accompany you in witnessing and/or teaching house to house. Oh what wonderful elaborate excuses you are yet to hear.
     

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