The Authority of God

Fall Gospel Meeting with Albert Dickson

Authority and the Need for It

Matthew 21:23 (ESV):  And when he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?”

The Authoritative Word of God

Hebrews 1:1-2 (ESV):  Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.

Show Me the Scripture

The Two Sources of Authority

Matthew 21:23 (ESV):  And when he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?”

Determining Bible Authority – Generic & Specific Commands

Matthew 28:19-20 (ESV):  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

The Authority of God and Expediency

John 16:5-11 (ESV):  Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.

The Authority of God’s Silence

Exodus 14:13-14 (ESV):  And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”

Wednesday Night Bible Study

The Titles and Descriptions of Jesus. 

October 5th:  Wonderful (Isaiah 9:6) – Ken Boyd
October 12th:  Counselor (Isaiah 9:6) – Brian Jones
The Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) – Ed Harris
October 26th:  The Everlasting Father (Isaiah 9:6) – Charlie Emerson
November 2nd:  The Mighty God (Isaiah 9:6) – Brad Winkler
November 9th:  King of Kings & Lord of Lords (1 Timothy 6:15) – Mark Dill

November 16th:  Our High Priest (Hebrews 3:1, 4:14, 6:20, & 8:1) – Larry Woodhall

November 23rd:  The Bishop/Shepherd/Overseer of our Souls (1 Peter 2:25) – Wes Henson

November 30th:  Prayer Meeting 

December 7th:  The Prophet (Acts 3:22-23) – Bill Nichols

December 14th:  Mediator/Advocate (1 Timothy 2:5 & 1 John 2:2) – Ron Newcomer

December 21st:  Head of the Church (Ephesians 5:23 & Colossians 1:18) – Jeremy Betts

December 28th:  Son of David (Matthew 21:9) – TBD

Easter Eggs in Matthew

This sermon was basically in two parts. First, the introduction is a discussion of “Easter Eggs including some in Matthew. The second part was a discussion of Gods plan for salvation as presented in Matthew. Of course, the second part of the sermon is the more important aspect of the teaching in Matthew. Central to Gods plan for us (to hear, believe, repent, confess, be baptized for the remission of sins, and to live faithfully) is that we should believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that we should confess our belief to others. 

Matthew 16:16-19 (ESV) Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

The Power of Praise

God's Provision
I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Our Help Comes from The Lord

Psalm 121:1-8
I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is your keeper;
the LORD is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The LORD will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The LORD will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.

The Appearance of Grace

Ephesians 2:11-14
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

Preaching J.E.S.U.S.

Mathew 1 :18-25
Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel”
(which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.
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