Authority - Lesson one


                         OUR SPIRITUAL LIFE
      1.  Did you ever make a commitment to Christ and if so,
            how old were you? ______________
      2. What confession did you make at the time of your
           commitment? ____________________________
      3. Have you been baptized? How were you baptized?
      4. How long after your commitment were you baptized?
      5. For what purpose were you baptized?
      6. Were you saved before or after your baptism?


Two sources of authority in religion

  1. Matthew 21:23-27

      Yes – No  Is there a need for authority in religion?

      Yes – No  Would you agree that there are two
                        sources of authority in religion?

      Yes – No   Does the bible teach that we must choose
                        between either man or God as our authority?        

 The Standard of authority in Christianity
      2. Matthew 28:18-20

          Yes - No   Did Jesus receive all authority in heaven
                            and earth?
      3. Hebrews 1:1-2
          Yes - No
   Does God speak to us today through

      4. John 12:48  
          Yes - No    Will the words of Jesus judge you in the
                             last day?

     5. I Corinthians 14:37; Galatians 1:11-12
         Yes - No   Is Christ’s authority revealed to us in the
                           New Testament?
     6. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

         Yes or No   Do we need other revelation to make us
                             complete spiritually?

God’s Restrictions Placed Upon Man
     7. Deuteronomy 4:2

         Yes - No   Could Moses add to the commandments
                           of God?
      8. 2 John 9
          Yes - No    Can we go beyond the doctrine of Christ?

       9. Revelation 22:18-19
           Yes - No   Can we add to this book or take away  
                             from this book?

     Examples of God’s Restrictions
     10. Genesis 2:16-17; 3:22-24

           Yes - No   When Adam and Eve ate of the fruit, were
                             they driven from the Garden of Eden?

     11. Leviticus 10:1-2
           Yes - No   Did Nadab and Abihu have authority
                             from God to offer this strange fire?

     12. Numbers 20:7-12
           Yes - No   Did Moses obey God when he struck the
            Yes - No  Did Moses enter the land of promise?

     13. 2 Samuel 6:6-7; Numbers 4:15
           Yes - No   Was Uzzah allowed to touch the ark?
           Yes - No    Does God demand obedience?

   Standards of Authority Used By Men
    14. Genesis 37:34; 45:26

          Yes - No   When Jacob heard a lie (was deceived)
                            did he believe it?
          Yes - No  When Jacob heard the truth, did he
                           refuse to believe it?
    15. Acts 26:9-11
          Yes - No  Was Paul wrong for persecuting the
           Yes - No   Can one be taught wrong and consciously
                             feel right?

   Wisdom of men:
    16. 1 Corinthians 2:4-5
          Yes - No   Should our faith be in man’s wisdom?

    17. 1 Corinthians 4:6: Matthew 15:7-9
          Yes - No   Are we to think of the wisdom of men
                           above that which is written?
           Yes - No   Should this eliminate all man-made creed
                           books that many denominations have.  
 The Majority
18. 1 Peter 3:20
          Yes – No
Were there only eight souls in the ark?
    19. Matthew 7:13-14
          Yes –No
   Will the majority be saved?

Parents and Traditions
   20. Galatians 1:13-16
         Yes - No   Did Paul persecute the church because of
                           his Jewish traditions?
         Yes - No   When Paul began to preach Jesus, did he
                           give up his traditions that contradicted
                           Jesus’ law?

   21. Matthew 10:34-37
         Yes - No   If you love family more than Jesus, are you
                           worthy of Him?

  The Law of Moses:
   22. 1 Kings 8:9,21; Hebrews 8:7-9
         Yes or No   Was the covenant that God made with Israel
                             when He led them from Egypt, the two
                              tables of stone (the ten commandments)?
         Yes or No    Is this the new covenant that God will make
                              with us?

    23. Hebrews 8:10; Matthew 5:21-22; 27-28
          THOUGHT QUESTION:  What is the difference
           between the old covenant of Moses and the new
           covenant of Christ?

    24. Galatians 6:2
           Yes or No   Are we to fulfill Christ’s Law?
           Yes or No   Are we under the law of Christ today?





Lesson 1

Authority in Religion



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