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?

CLARK E. WADE's picture

Two different kinds of meetings...

Brother Dan,

I agree with you fully on this one. I'm not advocating an either/or proposition, but we are in desparate need of both.

You state: I am simply saying that the model in Acts 2/20 clearly does not look like the churcn model you are presenting in 1 Cor 14.

Dan, that's it! They are two different models. Acts 2:20 is an apostolic meeting in which Paul is equpping the saints for the work of the ministry to the edification of the body of Christ.

These are two different kinds of meetings. The meeting in I Cor. 14 is a meeting of the saints which have been equipped to meet and edify one another. Paul's letter to them is adding some guidelines to their meetings that they were amiss on. He never sets up a monarchial bishopric system over their meetings but continues to encourage mutual functioning. This was simply the matter of a group of Christians that got hung up on a single gift of the Spirit dominating their meetings.

Furthermore, in talking about the meeting of the saints for mutual edification, Paul gives us some other very clear guidelines in stating that

"...if the whole were all a single organ, where would the body be?" (I Cor. 12:19)

In this kind of meeting, as oppossed to the apostolic meeting, there is no emphasis upon a single member, no matter how gifted.

Yes brother. We need both kinds of meetings. I'm in full agreement with you. And both kinds of meetings are completely different from each other. Our current tragedy is that we have confused the two.

Your brother in this costly quest of the truth,