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? "

agilchrist's picture

Seeking inspired guidance from elders

Being a Presbyterian, I see parallels to how the issue was discussed and resolved in Acts 15 and how "the Church's" system of government would resolve it today. Maybe the word "denomination" is wanted, but terminology aside, when the scriptural or theological basis of teachings is called into question, we seek the advice of the wisest among us. We trust that their guidance is inspired by the Holy Spirit. Today, of course it may require committees and drafts of documents, etc, but ultimately we appeal to the wisest among us (elders) to provide what we expect is inspired guidance.