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Bible Authority
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Bible Authority
How Do We Get It And Use It?

“By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority?” But Jesus answered and said to them, “The baptism of John--where was it from? From heaven or from men?” (Matthew 21:23-25; NKJV)


Bible Authority
How Do We Get It And Use It?

  • The Nature Of Bible Authority Is Positive
  • Bible Authority Is Permissive
  • We Cannot Act So As To Please God Without His Approval


Bible Authority
How Do We Get It And Use It?

How Do We Know This?

What Are The Alternatives?

  • 1 Peter 4:11
  • Colossians 3:17
  • 2 Timothy 3:16-17


Bible Authority
How Do We Get It And Use It?

What This WILL NOT Allow!!

  • Any Form of Negative Authority!!
    • Leviticus 10:1-2
    • Hebrews 7:13-14


Bible Authority
How Do We Get It And Use It?

  • What This WILL NOT Allow!!

“Where does it say in the Bible I can’t do this?”

  • Response:

“Where does it say in the Bible I CAN???”


Bible Authority
How Do We Get It And Use It?

  • What This WILL NOT Allow!!

“I Know I Don’t Have Book Chapter and Verse, BUT...”

  • Response:

Ephesians 2:8-10


Bible Authority
How Do We Get It And Use It?

  • Application:
      The Work of the Church
        Evangelism
        Edification
        Internal Benevolence

What Else Is There?


Bible Authority
How Do We Get It And Use It?

  • Application:
      The Worship of the Church
        Singing
        Bible Study
        Prayer
        The Lord’s Supper
        Local Congregational Collection

What Else Is There?


Bible Authority
How Do We Get It And Use It?

  • Application:
      The Worship of the Church

Singing – Authorized both Individually and Congregationally

      • James 5:13
      • Ephesians 5:19
      • Colossians 3:16


Bible Authority
How Do We Get It And Use It?

  • Application:
      The Worship of the Church

Bible Study – Authorized both Individually and Congregationally

      • 2 Timothy 2:15
      • Acts 20:7


Bible Authority
How Do We Get It And Use It?

  • Application:
      The Worship of the Church

Prayer – Authorized both Individually and Congregationally

      • James 5:14-18
      • 1 Corinthians 14:16


Bible Authority
How Do We Get It And Use It?

  • Application:
      The Worship of the Church

The Lord’s Supper – Authorized ONLY as an Individual act performed in a Congregational Setting

      • Acts 20:7
      • 1 Corinthians 11:18-22


Bible Authority
How Do We Get It And Use It?

  • Application:
      The Worship of the Church

Local Congregational Collection– Authorized ONLY as an Individual act Performed in a Congregational Setting

      • 1 Corinthians 16:1-2
      • 2 Corinthians 9:7


Bible Authority
How Do We Get It And Use It?

The real question here is, “Does it matter?”

Does It matter if we have Bible Authority for everything we do?

(2 Corinthians 5:10) For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. (NKJV)


Bible Authority
How Do We Get It And Use It?

“He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him--the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak. (John 12:48-50; NKJV)

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