Legalism

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Christians who seek Biblical authority for all they do will often be called “legalists.” To seek authority need not make one a legalist; nevertheless, legalism and a law-based posture represent dangerous temptations for Christians as it proved to be for the Pharisees of the past. We cannot earn our salvation; we do well to maintain a faith-based posture before God in Christ!

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Abuse of Authority

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God has given authority to people as a stewardship; they are to serve those under their charge as those who will have to give an account. Yet people are sinners, and authority gets abused. Why do people abuse authority? What does abuse of authority look like? What should Christians do about the abuse of authority?

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Living Under Authority

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All of us live under some kind of authority. How can we do so in ways which glorify and honor God in Christ?

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Personal Empowerment

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God has given to each and every person a measure of authority. All will be held accountable for what they have thought, said, felt, and done. We do well to consider the contours and nature of our empowerment by God.

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Authority in the Household

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It is rightly recognized that the household is the basic unit of society. Households look different today than they did in the past. God is concerned primarily with how those in the household relate to each other, and in Christ.

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Elders and Deacons

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In His wisdom God established elders to rule and shepherd a local church and deacons to serve at their discretion. We do well to explore what God has established regarding elders and deacons.

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Civil Government

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God has ordained government to uphold justice and given its agents power; governments are empowered by Satan to advance the purposes of the powers and principalities of this age. These statements seem contradictory, and yet are both revealed in the New Testament and operative at the same time. We do well to consider the fraught nature and challenges of the relationship between Christians and civil government.

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Authority, the Spirit, and the Word

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God has spoken through the Spirit to our fathers in the prophets and now in Christ (Hebrews 1:1-3). There’s a lot of profound truth in there which is all too easy to elide; we do well to unpack the authority present in the Spirit and the Word of God.

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The Lord Jesus Christ

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Almost all Christians will sign onto the premise that Jesus is Lord and Christ. But what do those terms mean? What do they demand of Christians, and of the entire world?

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The Authority of God the Father

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God has all authority, and is the Source of all authority (Romans 13:1). Lesson over, right? By no means! We do well to explore how God exercises His authority, and to what end.

The Authority of God

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