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

Brother Dan, That is simply

Brother Dan,

That is simply how the Amplified states that passage. And quite frankly, I have a little problem with it myself and probably shouldn't have included the phrase "those inspired to preach or teach."

There is an interesting thing that Paul writes in I Cor. 12:3:

"Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking under the power and influence of the Spirit of God can say, Jesus be cursed! And no one can say, Jesus is Lord, except by and under the power and influence of the Holy Spirit."

I do think this topic of "prophecy" is fascinating and it should be something we should give our attention to understanding. As Paul writes, this is THE excelling gift for building up the body of Christ, for it is prophecy that "speaks to men for their upbuilding and constructive spiritual progess and encouragement and consolation" (I Cor. 14:3), and Paul again admonishes us in I Cor. 14:39 that we should "earnestly desire and set your hearts on prophesying..."

For anyone interested on this topic, I've written an article on it at my blog site: I haven't told too many people about the site as yet, but did receive some help from a dear brother a few days ago in arranging it a bit better, so it is still a work in progress.

And I would welcome your comments,