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?

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Kaitiaki's picture

The point of differences

It seems to me that you have made a really good point about God using differences of opinion, Mike. In fact Paul says to the Corinthians - even as he is taking them to task for going too far and creating factions in the Church - that there must be differences among them that the good might be approved.

It is true, therefore, that we should be willing to hear what a preacher has to say even as we are testing what he says against the teaching of the Bible. We do need to avoid the trap spoken of by Connie of excluding those parts we don't like (like the miracles - a la the Saducees - or the bits which are umpopular in "our group" - like the Pharisees).

K
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Christ died for one Church:
Our failure to recognise other Christians
changes neither their place in the Kingdom of Heaven
nor our responsibility to encourage them in the faith

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Christ died for one Church:
Our failure to recognize other Christians
changes neither their place in the Kingdom of Heaven
nor our responsibility to encourage them in the faith




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