Acts The Church and Ministerial Training

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.

Thread Moderator: Kaitiaki

There are two aspects to this thread: the training of the local congregation (for the work of ministry - as in Ephesians) and the theological training of ministers (or pastors).

Acts shows us local congregations that trained young men (and women) for every appropriate aspect of Church work. That included the work of ministry and missions. Discuss this statement. Do you think it is valid? What implications (if any) are there for the present system in almost every denomination of sending young men to a seminary to be trained? How does your Church seek to apply those implications in the way they train ministers and missionaries?

Kaitiaki's picture

No training?

So you see no training as necessary at all? All we need is an act of "Pentecost" in order to become missionaries and preachers?

Please explain what you mean by the term so we are all sure we mean the exactly the same thing. As I understand it, what happened on the Day of Pentecost (recorded in Acts 2) was the fulfilment of a specific prophecy of the prophet Joel. At least that appears to be what Peter said it was. That being the case we cannot have that same experience unless you are saying Joel's prophecy was not fulfilled then. But, then perhaps you mean something different from what I'm assuming by the term "an act of Pentecost."

Awaiting your response.

K
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Christ died for one Church:
Our failure to recognise other Christians
changes neither their place in the Kingdom of Heaven
nor our responsibility to encourage them in the faith

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Christ died for one Church:
Our failure to recognize other Christians
changes neither their place in the Kingdom of Heaven
nor our responsibility to encourage them in the faith




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