Together we explore what the bible teaches about authority specifically with application to the local church.
As we wrap up our series on authority, we see that the end to which our world is heading is not a world without authority, but a world in which God reigns. And that is good news.
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Last week we saw that Jesus’ model for local churches is congregational. This week we’ll see those congregations are led by elders, whom He has given the authority to lead.
Understanding the Congregation’s Authority, Jonathan Leeman
Having redeemed authority and made us like Himself, Jesus restores His people to their proper position of authority by giving authority to His church.
Matthew (The Expositor’s Bible Commentary), D.A. Carson
Understanding the Congregation’s Authority, Jonathan LeemanRead sermon transcript
We were created with authority over the things God made, but in our fallenness, we abdicate that authority and those things begin to exercise authority over us.
Romans (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament), Thomas SchreinerRead sermon transcript
God has absolute authority, has given humanity authority, and it was very good. Then why is it that the use of authority among us if often so bad? Because we are fallen people, and one of the ways we fail to exercise the authority God has given us is when we abuse it.