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?


Statements not in evidence or support of scripture

Yet, scripture does not support two models. Your view does assert two models. The reason Acts 20 doesnt fit your view of 1 Cor 14 may be that the premise you hold of 1 Cor 14 is incorrect. I think it is. I am concerned that the movement to which you have aligned is seeking to correct their perception of a problem by doing the same thing it accuses the historical church of doing: reading into scripture. DOnt claim scriptural purity and then do precisely what the church did after the Apostolic age: extrapolate what was allowed in changing times based on mandates and patterns of behavior in scripture. And then codify your own tradition. That is part of what the is getting at. The house church movement is in danger of codifying/mandating what scripture says is possible by attacking the weaknesses of the IC without concurrently ackowleding the existence of weaknesses within the house church movement.

NO where does scripture support a dual church model inserting into scripture by these statements. Thus there is no reason to believe every opportunity to assembly didnt include evangelistic preaching AND provide edification to each and every memeber of teh Body.

    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.

In Christ,

Dan Fugett