All of us live under some kind of authority. How can we do so in ways which glorify and honor God in Christ?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 Western world is in a crisis of authority. We are skeptical of all authority except our own. It has not always been so, but the way authority has been used and abused is an age old story. A way out of the crisis exists, but it is surprising and not very easy.
Much is riding on our ability to properly discern what God would have us accomplish in Jesus. We do well to strive to diligently interpret and apply the New Testament; join us as we explore how we may best do so.