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.

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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?



You know about my site here regarding the "praying of scripture" (shameless plug).

Plug away :). I try to skim every post I can (which is a lot) and I just popped into your Praying through Ephesians group, and read your post about pornography infiltrating the church. I wanted to post in response, but my group settings aren't set up right. Anyway, I would've said, "Awesome post, Clark! This stuff needs to be addressed, taken out of the closet and brought into the light, if it is ever going to be resolved." Don't hesitate pursuing this topic in a godly manner, as you have done--people need to know that they are not alone, and that help is available.

Ye search the scriptures, because ye think that in them ye have eternal life;
And these are they which bear witness of me;
And ye will not come to me, that ye may have life. (John 5:39-40)