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

Ouch!

Clark, I guess I am in danger ...

you said this "... the church-faces issue and the polite socializing of 1 1/2 hours glossed over with religious speak. It's a real danger. I guess if I don't see the problem I'm in danger?

But I have no clue what these concepts are ...
"church-face issue" and "1 1/2 hours glossed over with religious speak ..." *shakes head*

When I go to Church I go to be with God's people and to share a time of recognizing his Lordship in prayer, singing and Bible exposition (explanation if you prefer). On the basis of which I am refreshed and my commitment to serving him is renewed (because of his forgiveness of my failings) and given a clearer definition/direction. I don't see any church-face issues or religious speak (no matter how long the service or which church I attend) so either it doesn't apply to me and I'm ok or it does and I'm really lost ... either way I have no clue what this means.

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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