Acts and The Body of Christ - Local to National

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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? "


Look to the Bishops.

The first Bishop you look to is The Father.
As Clement of Rome, and Ignatius, also called Theophorus, wrote, follow an order as such; Be the followers of Christ, as he was of his Father;- and also,- And the priests indeed are good; but much better is the High Priest who is the door of the Father by which all the prophets, enter in; as well as the Apostles, and the church.
Ignatius wrote, submit to your bishop in prudence, or rather not to him, but to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the bishop of us all.
Clement of Rome wrote; truth dwells in simple and unpolished language, of divine commands.
And so for the resolving of matters of system of the Church and her government, you look in order, to the bishops of today, the bishops chosen of the apostles, the archbishops being Apostles, chosen of Jesus Christ, and the Bishop of Jesus Christ, in The Father, in all firmness of the Holy Spirit.