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Title: A Study of Authority


1
A Study ofAuthority
  • And if anyone hears My words and does not
    believe, I do not judge him for I did not come
    to judge the world but to save the world. 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 (John
    1247-48).

2
A Study ofAuthority
  • Lesson 11
  • Authority and Evangelism

(Presentations are basically an adaptation of
material found in Billy W. Moores classbook, A
Study of Authority)
3
Introduction
  • We have learned in past lessons the need for
    authority
  • Two kinds of authority (Generic Specific)
  • Means of establishing authority (Command,
    Example, Inference)
  • With this lesson we seek to make application,
    recognizing our need for authority in the realm
    of evangelism

4
The Church is to Engage in theWork of Evangelism
  • There is authority for such a work
  • While not in dispute, the fact remains that
    authority must be established
  • Approved by Direct Statement
  • 1 Timothy 315

5
1 Timothy 315
But if I am delayed, I write so
that you may know how you ought to conduct
yourself in the house of God, which is the church
of the living God, the pillar and ground of the
truth.
The church is the foundation and support of the
truth she holds up and displays the gospel to
the world. This is the major work of the church.
6
The Church is to Engage in theWork of Evangelism
  • There is authority for such a work
  • While not in dispute, the fact remains that
    authority must be established
  • Approved by Direct Statement
  • 1 Timothy 315
  • Approved by Apostolic Example
  • Jerusalem church (Acts 1122)
  • Philippian church (Phil. 13-5)
  • Thessalonian church (1 Thess. 18)

7
Acts 1122
Then news of these things came to the
ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent
out Barnabas to go as far as Antioch.
8
Philippians 13-5
I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4
always in every prayer of mine making request for
you all with joy, 5 for your fellowship in the
gospel from the first day until now.
9
1 Thessalonians 18
For from you the word of the Lord
has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and
Achaia, but also in every place. Your faith
toward God has gone out, so that we do not need
to say anything.
10
How the Church Did Its Work of Evangelism
  • Individuals went out (Acts 84 542 85
    922,29)
  • Each Christian has an individual resp.
  • In the local church there should be teaching done
    to equip the saints for this ministry.

11
Acts 84 542
Therefore those who were scattered went
everywhere preaching the word. (542), And
daily in the temple, and in every house, they did
not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the
Christ.
12
Acts 85 922, 29
Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria
and preached Christ to them. (922), But Saul
increased all the more in strength, and
confounded the Jews who dwelt in Damascus,
proving that this Jesus is the Christ. (929),
And he spoke boldly in the name of the Lord
Jesus and disputed against the Hellenists, but
they attempted to kill him.
13
How the Church Did Its Work of Evangelism
  • Individuals went out (Acts 84 542 85
    922,29)
  • Each Christian has an individual resp.
  • In the local church there should be teaching done
    to equip the saints for this ministry.
  • The Local church sponsored evangelism
  • Supported gospel preacher (1
    Cor. 914 2 Cor. 118)

14
1 Cor. 914 2 Cor. 118
Even so the Lord has commanded that
those who preach the gospel should live from the
gospel. (2 Cor. 118), I robbed other
churches, taking wages from them to minister to
you.
15
How the Church Did Its Work of Evangelism
  • Individuals went out (Acts 84 542 85
    922,29)
  • Each Christian has an individual resp.
  • In the local church there should be teaching done
    to equip the saints for this ministry.
  • The Local church sponsored evangelism
  • Supported gospel preacher (1
    Cor. 914 2 Cor. 118)
  • Local church supported missionary (Phil. 13-5
    225 415-18)

16
Philippians 13-5
I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4
always in every prayer of mine making request for
you all with joy, 5 for your fellowship in the
gospel from the first day until now.
17
Philippians 225
Yet I considered it necessary to send to
you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker, and
fellow soldier, but your messenger and the one
who ministered to my need.
18
Philippians 415-18
Now you Philippians know also that
in the beginning of the gospel, when I
departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me
concerning giving and receiving but you only. 16
For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and
again for my necessities. 17 Not that I seek the
gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your
account. 18 Indeed I have all and abound. I am
full, having received from Epaphroditus the
things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an
acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God.
19
How the Church Did Its Work of Evangelism
  • Individuals went out (Acts 84 542 85
    922,29)
  • Each Christian has an individual resp.
  • In the local church there should be teaching done
    to equip the saints for this ministry.
  • The Local church sponsored evangelism
  • Supported gospel preacher (1
    Cor. 914 2 Cor. 118)
  • Local church supported missionary (Phil. 13-5
    225 415-18)
  • Several churches may support the same
    preacher (2 Cor. 118-9)

20
2 Corinthians 118-9
I robbed other churches, taking wages
from them to minister to you. 9 And when I was
present with you, and in need, I was a burden to
no one, for what I lacked the brethren who came
from Macedonia supplied. And in everything I kept
myself from being burdensome to you, and so I
will keep myself.
21
The Bible Pattern of Evangelism
22
Not The Bible Pattern of Evangelism
23
Violations of the Pattern
  • It does not matter whether the organization is
    man-made or divine
  • Missionary Society
  • Sponsoring Church Arrangement
  • A centralization of the work of evangelism is a
    violation of Gods pattern regarding the work God
    has given the local church to do.
  • Violates autonomy (Acts 2028)
  • Exists without divine authority, therefore
    it is not scriptural. It is sinful.

24
Acts 2028
Therefore take heed to yourselves and
to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has
made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God
which He purchased with His own blood.
25
Questions
?
  • Lesson 11
  • Authority and Evangelism

26
Question 1
  • Describe the principle established by 1 Timothy
    315 regarding the part the church plays in the
    spreading of the gospel of our Lord.

The church is the foundation and support of the
truth she holds up and displays the gospel to
the world. This is the major work of the church.
27
Question 2
  • Do individuals have a responsibility to preach
    the gospel? What verses teach this principle?

Certainly they do, and the first century
Christians did so. (The persecuted, Acts 8
Barnabas, Saul, Timothy, Philip, Aquila and
Priscilla, the Macedonians, etc.) Cf. (Acts 84
542 85 922,29)
28
Question 3
  • Is there any example in the New Testament of
    churches sending monies to a central (Sponsoring)
    church which then coordinates the support of
    preaching? Does this violate any principle of
    truth?
  • No, churches sent support directly to the
    preacher (ex Philippians support of Paul)
  • The practice violates the concept of silence
    speak as the oracles of God, and autonomy
    (oversight of elders).

29
Question 4
  • Is it scriptural for several churches to support
    a single man in preaching? If so, how is this to
    be done? (What is the pattern)?

Certainly, Paul robbed other churches while
preaching in Corinth (cf. 2 Cor. 118-9). He
received the support directly from these
congregations. No sponsoring church was
necessary.
30
Question 5
  • Explain the similarities and differences between
    a Human Missionary Society and a Sponsoring
    church arrangement. Is there authority for
    either?

One institution is human, one is divine. However,
both violate 1) Pattern of evangelism 2) Local
autonomy 3) Principle of silence 4) Limit of
elders authority There is no authority for
either.
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