Acts The Church and Ministerial Training

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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?


In the end what/who is the final authority?

Our final authority is neither Luther nor me, nor Viola nor Nee nor Calvin nor Elton. But our final authority is the inspired Word of God as illuminated to our hearts by God's Spirit. Clark, you have certainly not convinced any of us of your assertions using the standard of God's Holy Word which you claim your group to be following and the rest of us to have walked away from in idolatry.

This is a simple matter to resolve.

Answer our challenges already presented from God's Word. Please do so in clear and plain language without just repeating the passages you always quote. Provide a reasoned response to the posts that dont agree with your assertions.

In Christ,

Dan Fugett