St. Paul's missionary method

Although Luke's story of Paul is often inconsistent with the details that Paul supplies in his letters, we can discern some common elements in the two sources.

Although Luke's story of Paul is often inconsistent with the details that Paul supplies in his letters, we can discern some common elements in the two sources. First, Paul's missionary method was to preach primarily in urban settings, usually the principal cities of a given region. On his mission to Cyprus (Acts 13) he focused on Salamis and Paphos, the former a large commercial city, the latter the capital city. second characteristic of Paul's ministry is his practice of having companions or coworkers to assist him. Luke names 14 people as Pauline associates in the mission field, and Paul mentions 26 people as friends and associates in his missionary endeavors. Third, Paul's primary audience was Gentile. Jew though he was, he believed himself set apart for service to the non-Jewish nations. He says in Galatians that James, Peter and John agreed that Paul's ministry was to the uncircumcised (cf. 2:9).

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