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Understanding Authority. Matt. 21:23-27 - Two sources of Authority “The baptism of John--where was it from? From heaven or from men ?” Heaven - God’s doctrine = revealed Men - Doctrines of men = false. Authority = right, lawful. Understanding Authority.

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Understanding Authority

Matt. 21:23-27 - Two sources of Authority

“The baptism of John--where was it from? From heaven or from men ?”

Heaven - God’s doctrine = revealed

Men - Doctrines of men = false

Authority = right, lawful

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Understanding Authority

  • Matt. 28:18 “all power-authority”
    • Commandment
    • “right to exercise power”
  • Feelings
  • Conscience
  • Common Sense
  • Creeds

False

Standards

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Chain of Authority

God

Heb.1:1

Christ

Heb.1:2

Holy Spirit

Jn.14:26

Apostles

Jn.16:13

New Testament

Eph.3:3-5

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I. Examples from the Old Testament

Genesis 2:16-17- Garden of Eden

Eat of every tree except one …

Tree of knowledge of Good and Evil

They ate of it !

Did it make any difference ?

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Authorized

Unauthorized

NecessaryAllowed

Sinful Not authorized

Optional

Forbidden

Tree of knowledge of good and evil

All other trees

Garden of Eden

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Authorized

Unauthorized

NecessaryAllowed

Sinful Not authorized

Optional

Forbidden

“By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.”

Fruit of groundCain

AnimalAbel

Heb. 11:4

Cain and Abel

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Authorized

Unauthorized

NecessaryAllowed

Sinful Not authorized

Optional

Forbidden

Gopher

300X50X30

animals

1 window

8 people

How to cut

Length

Where

½ cedar

12 animals

No skunks

Relatives

Noah and the Ark

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Authorized

Unauthorized

NecessaryAllowed

Sinful Not authorized

Optional

Forbidden

Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it and laid incense on it and offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, which he had not commanded them. ESV

Strange Fire

Lev.10:1-2

Nadab and Abihu

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II. Application of this Principle

To New Testament Practices

God

Christ

Holy Spirit

Apostles

New Testament

Authority

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Authorized

Unauthorized

NecessaryAllowed

Sinful Not authorized

Optional

Forbidden

Warm/Cold

Baptistry

Pond

Preacher

Member

Water

Burial

Remission

Infant

Sprinkling

Pouring

Baptism

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Authorized

Unauthorized

NecessaryAllowed

Sinful Not authorized

Optional

Forbidden

God

Spirit

and Truth

Place

Hour

Jn. 4:24

Worship

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Authorized

Unauthorized

NecessaryAllowed

Sinful Not authorized

Optional

Forbidden

1st Day

Unleavened

Fruit of vine

Hour

Before

After the sermon

Thursday

Steak

Tea

Monthly

1. Lord’s Supper

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Authorized

Unauthorized

NecessaryAllowed

Sinful Not authorized

Optional

Forbidden

1st Day

As prospered

Hat

Box

Tray

Pie Supper

Car Wash

Bingo

Yard Sale

1Cor.16:1-2

2. Giving

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Authorized

Unauthorized

NecessaryAllowed

Sinful Not authorized

Optional

Forbidden

In Jesus Name

Posture

Through Mary

Col. 3:17

3. Prayer

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Authorized

Unauthorized

NecessaryAllowed

Sinful Not authorized

Optional

Forbidden

All World

Gospel

Travel

Visual Aids

Women preachers

“And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence.”

1Tim.2:12

4. Teaching/Preaching

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Authorized

Unauthorized

NecessaryAllowed

Sinful Not authorized

Optional

Forbidden

Sing

Song books

Number of songs

Instrument

Choir

Eph.5:19

“singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;”

5. Singing

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Silence of Scriptures

Many say:

“The Bible does not forbid it.”

The Silence of the Scripture

Does not authorize a

Religious Practice !

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Silence of Scriptures

Baptism

The Bible does not say: “You must not sprinkle water upon a baby as a religious act.”

The Silence of the Scripture

Does not authorize a

Religious Practice !

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Silence of Scriptures

Worship

The Bible does not say: “You must not count beads as an act of worship.”

The Silence of the Scripture

Does not authorize a

Religious Practice !

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Silence of Scriptures

Marriage

The Bible does not say: “You must not have 40 wives.”

The Silence of the Scripture

Does not authorize a

Religious Practice !

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Silence of Scriptures

Singing in Worship

The Bible does not say: “You shall not use instrumental music in worship.”

The Silence of the Scripture

Does not authorize a

Religious Practice !

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Authorized

Unauthorized

NecessaryAllowed

Sinful Not authorized

Optional

Forbidden

Sing

Song books

Number of songs

Instrument

Choir

Eph.5:19

5. Singing

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The Bible is our authority in religion.

We must have Bible authority for all that we do.

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1 Pet. 4:11a “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God;”

“If any one preaches, let him always preach as one who utters God's truth;” [MNT]

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II John 9 “Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.”

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Understanding

Authority

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Sermon by Arthur Pigman

Evans Church of Christ

515 Gibbs Road

Evans, Ga. 30809

706-855-1249

evanscoc@bellsouth.net

www.evansgachurchofchrist.org

Sunday Morning Jan. 19, 2014