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?

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Learning from the Sadducees and the Pharisees

Hello everyone,

“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 response to Dan).

The Sadducees and the Pharisees are good example of leaders who erred by denying the sufficiency of the Word which the Pharisees did and excluding God from our daily routines as the Sadducees committed.

“The Gospels refer often to the Sadducees and Pharisees, as Jesus was in constant conflict with them” ( “…The Sadducees and Pharisees comprised the ruling class of Israel… [Though there] were many similarities between the two groups, [there were] important differences…” between them (

“During the time of Christ and the New Testament era, the Sadducees were [the] aristocrats. They tended to be wealthy and held powerful positions, including that of chief priests and high priest, and they held the majority of the 70 seats of the ruling council called the Sanhedrin” (

“Religiously, the Sadducees were more conservative in one main area of doctrine… [they] considered only the written Word to be from God [and] the Sadducees preserved the authority of the written Word of God, especially the books of Moses (Genesis through Deuteronomy)…[yet] they were extremely self-sufficient to the point of denying God's involvement in everyday life…(Matthew 22:23; Mark 12:18-27; Acts 23:8)… they denied any resurrection of the dead (Matthew 22:23; Mark 12:18-27; Acts 23:8)….any afterlife…[and] they denied the existence of a spiritual world, i.e., angels and demons (Acts 23:8). (

”The Pharisees were mostly middle-class businessmen, and therefore were in contact with the common man…Though they were a minority in the Sanhedrin and held a minority number of positions as priests, they seemed to control the decision making of the Sanhedrin far more than the Sadducees did…because they had the support of the people” (

”Religiously, they accepted the written Word as inspired by God…But they also gave equal authority to oral tradition…Evolving over the centuries, these traditions [were] added to God's Word, which is forbidden (Deuteronomy 4:2)…Both the Pharisees and the Sadducees earned numerous rebukes from Jesus” (

“And Jesus answering said unto them [Sadducees], Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?” (Mar 12:24).

“Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?” (Mat 15:1-3).

“The lesson that leaders/we can learn from the Pharisees and Sadducees is not be like them. Unlike the Sadducees, we are to believe everything [what] the Bible says…” We cannot pick and choose what we want from the bible to suit our needs and “Unlike the Pharisees, we are not to treat traditions as having equal authority as Scripture, and we are not to allow our relationship with God to be reduced to a legalistic list of rules and rituals”. (