Acts 15:36-16:5 How the Church Tests and Trains Ministers

Acts 15:36-16:5 How the Church Trains Ministers

  • Intro to Topic:
    • Ligonier full page orange add… [make real]… 4out of 5 in Five years…
    • Q:Why does the church fail to retain ministers?
      • A:, burnout, not called, not prepared for real ministry…
      • A: Educated but not trained or tested
      • >>> The difference I that the Church trains ministers- seminary educates..
      • >>>seminary can teach anyone, but they cannot test the Spiritual Gifts!
  • Point: Need the Seminary to Educate, but we need the Church to Train and Test!
  • Intro to the Text:
    • 13:1-5 Mark on the first Journey… 13:13, He abandons them!
    • 15:36-38, P&B split of John Mark…  (Nepotism… nephew gets special treatment)
    • >>>They were testing him on the field and he failed!
    • >>>Shows that P&B believed in on the job training and testing!
    • >>>This text gives us a pattern for how the church trains and tests ministers…
    • ***The point is the Spiritual growth of the Church… 16:5!
    • Intro to Point:
      • How we do it today we educate and send men out of seminary into a job market as employees … not a spiritual vocation…. This is wrong!
      • Dangers:
        • Does not test men’s abilities…
        • Does not test men’s Spiritual Effectiveness…
        • Does not test men’s ability to lead men and women in the church…
        • Does not test their commitment… so appoint un-qualified men
        • Does not equip them for real life ministry… so burns out real ministers..
        • Does not give practical skills… (preach, teach, pray, witness, lead worship)
        • ***May have men with education of ministers… bound to use it because of tuition debt, but without real Spiritual fruit!
  • FCF: Our reliance on seminary alone shows our lack of faith in the Holy Spirit to raise up ministers…
    • Eph 4:7ff teaches us that God gives men to the church….
    • Ex: 4out of 5 do not last because not equipped or tested!
    • Not Tested as to their gifts
    • Not equipped to practically serve the church!
  • MainQ: How do we test and train them?
  • Thesis: God gifts the Minister and the Church tests and trains…
  • Point: Test and Train ministers…
    • How?
    • Define Point:
      • On the Job Training
        • Pattern, B&P, 11:28 in Antioch
        • 13:5, Mark, failed his test… the issue in 15:38f
        • 15:39 Mark’s second Chance….
        • 15:40 Paul chose Silas
        • 16:3, Paul wanted Timothy to accompany
        • 16:6-7 Paul picks up Luke “We”
        • >>>They were trained on the Job…
        • ***We must train on the job
  • Basic Qualifications:
    • Good Reputation -16:2, Timothy reputation to the church…
    • Committed to the Work, 16:3b… circumcision shows commitment…
    • Gifted – 15:32 Silas’ prophetic gift… 1Tim 4:6-16 Timothy’s gift…
    • Bearing Fruit in the Church by the Word, Acts 16:5…
      • If H.S. has gifted, it means he bears fruit through them…
    • ****They must have these things…
  • Basic Progress
    • They accompany, participate, take the lead independently, and teach others!
    • Internship at NL…
      • Step1, accompany – view and write reviews
      • Step2, participate – start something/get involved
      • Step3, lead…
      • Step4, ??? Teach others…
      • Apply Point:
        •  How do we do this?
        • ***Find qualified applicants… start testing them… give them opportunity
        • ***Take a cue from Paul…
        • ***Bear the fruit!
        • ***Do you believe the Holy Spirit works through ministers?
        • ***If God works through a man, the church should test and train him!
        • The Church is equipped for that purpose
          • Bring them forward, and bear their fruit!
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