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

Thank you Connie

I'm delighted sister to hear that you have been reading that. Nee's instroduction is pretty amazing stuff, especially in regards to the passages of scripture which tests our obedience more than other passages. If this kind of teaching gets into your heart, underneath your ribs, it really does become a consuming fire that burns out a lot of the dross, the hay and stubble of much of our thinking and practice. We really are a pilgrim church which is being called to an unknown land that only our Lord can show us.

By HIS grace alone,


"But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel: After those days, says the Lord, I will put My law within THEM, and on THEIR hearts will I write it; and I will be THEIR God, and THEY will be My people.

"And THEY will no more teach each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, Know the Lord, for THEY WILL ALL KNOW ME [recognize, understand, and be acquainted with Me], from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will [seriously] remember their sin no more." Jeremiah 31:32-34