Originally posted by duecer
Most conversions happened in public or at local synagogues, though some worship and teaching happened at homes, the majority did not. How is that the same or different than today? and, What are the merits of a public ministry over a house to house ministry (and vice versa)?
Acts 20:20-21 (New American Standard Bible)
20 how I (A)did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you publicly and from house to house,
21 solemnly (B)testifying to both Jews and Greeks of (C)repentance toward God and (D)faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
11"And whatever city or village you enter, inquire who is worthy in it, and stay at his house until you leave that city.
12"As you enter the house, (A)give it your greeting.
13"If the house is worthy, give it your blessing of peace. But if it is not worthy, take back your blessing of peace.
Acts 5:42 (New American Standard Bible)
42 (A)And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and (B)preaching Jesus as the Christ.
Luke 8:1 (New American Standard Bible)
1 Soon afterwards, He began going around from one city and village to another, (A)proclaiming and preaching the kingdom of God. The twelve were with Him,
Mark 16:15 (New American Standard Bible)
15 And He said to them, "(A)Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
Matthew 24:14 (New American Standard Bible)
14 "This (A)gospel of the kingdom (B)shall be preached in the whole (C)world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.
Matthew 28:19-20 (New American Standard Bible)
19 "(A)Go therefore and (B)make disciples of (C)all the nations, (D)baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, (E)I am with you always, even to (F)the end of the age."
These scriptures make it very clear that not only did they preach to groups on street corners but also doing it door to door and house to house. They both have there advantages but the obvious advantage of the door to door aproach is the 1 on 1 chance one has to answer questions and to teach. That work Jesus assigned to all Christains is still here for us to follow today and has not been cancelled or changed by Jesus to us.
So to say that most conversations accured publically and not door to door is probably not true. The opportunity to preach to large crowds was frowned upon by the Romans and Greeks and was hit and miss at best. They we chased out of many towns and areas for their preaching work.
The main point here is that Jesus nor the apostles sat in a church or building and just waited for ones to come to them as is the custom now. Work and sometimes it was dangerous work was done to go out and find ones who were sheeplike and wanting to hear the message Jesus had to offer.