Acts and The Body of Christ - Local to National

Kaitiaki's picture

Basically this is just a "what do we learn about the Church from Acts?" thread. As we watch Paul and Barnabas and then Paul and Silas building the Church in Acts, what can we learn about their concept of the Church as a whole? Robert suggested my original plan was too cumbersome so asked me to create new threads.

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This thread looks at the relationship between the local Church and the Church overall as seen in the Council at Jerusalem particularly (Acts 15). It discusses the role played by the council and how it dealt with the problem of the Gentiles Churches and the Jewish customs based on the Law.

Here is the starter question: "From the way this problem was both discussed and resolved (and with reference to other parts of the NT) there have been derived at least three forms of Church government. How would you see the procedures of your Church's system of government dealing with the issue (of Acts 15) if it had arisen in today's world? "

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towJel's picture

church government

acts 15 refers to an incident when paul and barnabas came across certain brethren (converted pharisees)who wanted to impose jewish practices on newly converted non jewish Christians.it must be noted that they had come from jerusalem(v24) and naturally THEY wanted paul and barnabas to go to jerusalem to clarify the matter.
another reason why THEY wanted clarifcation from jerusalem was that paul and barnabas had close dealings with jerusalem and because of the presence of other apostles there
there should not be the assumption that the churches at antioch or syria and other places are beholden to the church in jerusalem
i therefore do not agree that churches today should be answerable to any body or anybody on earth like a national or international body or person.the church is answerable only to God and His son as the Head of the church the Chief Shepherd,Great Highpriest,Judge and King




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