Acts The Church and Ministerial Training

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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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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?


No competition in people of the Book and people of the Lord

I like where you are going with this Connie. There is great value in participating in bible studues and sermons, and community and outreach and ministry to each other. In chuch perhaps we participate by listening and praying for God's will to be done in our lives. In our small groupos we certainly get more involved. At every opportunity we encourage each other and lift each other up in the faith, ever pointing to the Lord Jesus Christ. In fact it is impossible to be among the Lord's people without being people of the Book to some extent. Apart from the written Word of God to line up our experience with we dont know whether our relationship is with the Lord of the Bible or Satan himself.

In Christ,

Dan Fugett