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.

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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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Diversity of ministry

“They have forgotten that the diversity of all ministry is not competition but it complements and builds up the body of Christ. This is one reason that the church has such a low level of maturity” (Brother Dan, the concern from the Home Church movement).

Hi everybody,

Perhaps we can appreciate the diversity of all ministries (layman and pastorial ministries) if we remember that because man is imperfect, his method and implementation of leadership are imperfect. We have individuals who seem to be still controlled by their “peevish nieces” but leading a ministry. We have leaders whose leadership style consists of taking cues from everyone around them causing confusion rather than unity. We even have leaders who just don’t seem to get it and continue to live their old life along with the new one. We wonder why they were chosen at all.

But whether or not we have perfect leaders and pastors, our calling is to live a blameless life, to be holy as God is holy; we are to walk and live in spirit so that our lives are living testimonies to the Gospel.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith” (Gal 5:22).

And we need to be involved in the church community as well as the civic community so that we can influence our world for the Gospel, not necessarily to confront everyone in error, but to intercede and bring everything to the Lord and let Him do the work.

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid” (Mat 5:14).

Also, whether or not our leaders are mature in age and in faith, we are commanded to obey and respect them. But when they go against God, respectfully we need to bring their error to their attention and refer them to the bible verse that testifies of their error.

“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men” (Mat 5:13).

If we find ourselves in situation where it seemed to assault our pride, sense of self-importance and intelligence, maybe we can take the opportunity to begin the process of denying the self as Jesus commanded. Pride and self-reliance are two things that keep us from walking and living in spirit and bring judgment to our life.

“A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit” (Prov 29:23).

“And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass” (Lev 26:19)

“The fear of the LORD [is] to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate” (Prov 8:13).

“The LORD of hosts hath purposed it, to stain the pride of all glory, [and] to bring into contempt all the honourable of the earth” (Isa 23:9).

“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Mat).

“…the diversity of all ministry is not competition but it complements and builds up the body of Christ…” The most difficult ministry we enter is the ministry of love as we find in 1 Corinthians 13. It gives us a glimpse of the experience of the cross.

In His Love