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?

CLARK E. WADE's picture

Hi Justin, I'm going to ask

Hi Justin,

I'm going to ask you brother to do the same thing I said to
Dan. Can we focus on the scriptures I cited. There is much emotional objections here while sweeping aside the very passages I gave that were the objections to what I believe are very clear and explicit and practical instructions to the churches.

I asked Dan many questions and I would put those same questions to you, or anyone heee as well. I think what we have done for so long is simply skip over these passages as no longer viable for today. I know I personally did this for years. But all of a sudden, I began looking at them anew. The very passages that I thought were kind of boring and irrelevant, took on all kinds of importance and dimensions that I so easily dismissed before.

Perhaps there is going to be a segment of the church that will never look at these passages like I do and that is something I'm going to need to accept.

In the Normal Christian Church Life by Watchman Nee, he speaks of the passive church that has gotten so used to sitting in pews and listening to sermons. He says something that is just as challenging as anything I have written and says that this type of thing "heralds death." We need those kinds of meetings where we are listening to some teaching, but we also need, desparately need to learn how to come together to build up the body of Christ without the benefit of official leaders. I believe this is the message to the churches in this crucial hour. I also believe that an amazing revival is coming, but it's not going to take place through the institutional churches who stick to the service of order out of stubborness of habit. There is coming a people who will know the voice of their Shephered and they will follow Him.

And brother, I do want to come back to the point you raised about the synagogue practice and the "order of service" as it relates to the Catholic Mass. That's a topic well-worth looking at in some greater detail.

But my time is limited right now so will get back to you on this one.