lesson will introduce you to the great truth of the absolute authority and power
of the Bible!
Foundation is most important
of House near coast during storm
the foundation a church is built upon?
Christ – which Jesus? The one in the Bible!
Needs the Bible
of an adult playing hide-and-go-seek – would usually do better than their
kids, so they have to “sneeze” or “cough” to give them hints of where
God – sin has driven a wide gap between us and God
us His word, the Bible to reveal all about Himself
and with it ALONE, we can know the truth about
whether He is Allah or Jehovah!
have always held the Bible above Pope, Prince, and Preacher
look at why
Lesson - Biblical Authority (1Cor 1:10)
The Authority Established by God (Psalm 138:2) – His Own Words
to Jesus (Mt 4:4; Lk 24:25-27; 32, 38-47; John 17:17)
to the Bible itself (Psalm 119:160)
The Authority of a Church therefore is:
apostles (Acts 17:1,2,11)
experience (1Cor 1:17-23)
ONLY in the words of almighty God (2Tim 4:1,2)
What Other Authorities Does The Bible Say Exist?
government – Garda, TD’s, councillors
Sunday School teachers
What Do Baptists Do When Authorities Conflict
by the Bible
call a religious man “father”
don’t waste time trying to pray to Mary
idols and religious statues – dump them
each other – even when it is hard to – because God says to
We go out
and tell a lost world how to get saved!
And if it
costs us our lives to obey this Book, so be it!
what the Bible says over and above what the world says:
about heaven – not nirvana
about hell – not the grave, or a state of mind
what is right to do and what is wrong to do - wickedness
our kids to be like Jesus, not Madonna
We aim to
get hot, and stay hot – avoid lukewarmness!
If You Have A Church That Has As Their Authority The Bible, The
Following Will Be True:
person in that church will have their OWN Bible
person will be taught to BELIEVE their Bible
person will be trained to identify religious hustlers, and reject them
person will search their Scriptures and study them every day
Pastor has to stay on his toes to make sure what he preaches and teaches always
matches what the Bible clearly and plainly says!
If You Find A Church Like THAT, You Have An Old Time Baptist-Kind Of
Conclusion – Next Week, the Autonomy of the Local Church