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? "

towJel's picture

church leadership

i believe in plurality in church leadership rather than leadership by one person.when you have a one man show there is no check and balance and there is a possibility of the human error of bias or even pride.this is Biblical as there is often the mention of elders of the church in NT rather than to the elder or bishop of such and such.
should the eldership err the brother who is grieved should approach them with respect and love preferably with one or 2 witnesses after much prayer before the Lord. if after much discussion without result i think it is better for the brother to leave and join himself with another church with likeminded beliefs rather than to cause any division.
this is one of the reasons why i believe in independence of each church. when there is one earthly or human head of a whole group of churches any error will just be compounded right down the ranks and anyone down the hierachy will just have to toe the line or else!!