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?

ElderDad's picture

Leadership and Scripture

Dan,

You are certainly correct that the body of Christ needs to listen to its leaders, especially those who manifest the qualities mentioned by Paul in I Timothy 3. He also said in II Timothy 3:

14 You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them,

15 and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;

17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

Leaders are the teachers, and their message should be listened to and followed. But let's not go to the extent of those religious bodies that make the leadership the final authority, which is the place of Scripture. A pastor who cannot preach without twisting Scripture and who cannot preach within the context of the theme passage should not be listened to for long. Nor should we assume, as some groups do, that Scripture can only be understood by the layman when interpreted by the church leadership. I'm fairly sure you are not proposing we go that far in following the leader.

ElderDad

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2 Tim. 3:16--All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable
for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.




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