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?

DanFugett's picture

It is a good balance

Wisely you have spoken of our need for correction from biblical leadership, and from our our heart. Our responsibilty to biblical submission to authority does not rest on the perfection of that person but our submission to Christ as long as we can remain aligned with the Gospel revelation. Galatians gives us the criteria. We reject the preacher who preaches another Gospel other than the one Paul preached, and which true Christians received. Paul is dead so we are talking about the Gospel found in scripture, which leads to the Savior described and pointed to in scripture. This is the scripture breathed by the Spirit who also illuminates and regnerates our hearts. Again, how do we know the experience is of God and not Satan dressed as an angel of light? Because the experience is supported by scripture.

It us this biblical salvation that true Christians receive. And it is key doctrine like salvation that are critical enough to support separation from our assembly and submission to the pastor of that assembly. May we not break unity for every little point we disagree with our fellowship over.

In Christ,

Dan Fugett

In Christ,

Dan Fugett, Sr Moderator